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16th Annual Fall Harvest Festival

Surrounded by fields of corn and soybeans, The Arboretum has strong ties to Iowa agriculture.  The Annual Fall Harvest Festival, held the third Sunday each September, not only marks the end of a growing season, but is a joyful celebration of autumn and the summer’s success.

The festival is The Arboretum’s signature event, a family weekend for the Cedar Valley community and Northeast Iowa. Scarecrows entering the Scarecrow Contest can be dropped off beginning on Friday morning.

Sunday, September 21, 2014 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
16th Annual Fall Harvest Festival
1927 East Orange Road, Waterloo, Iowa (parking at Hawkeye Community College with free suttle service or a short walk to the Arboretum grounds)

Bring a car load! Admission is $10.00 per car or show your Arboretum membership card for free admission.
Festival highlights include:

  • 16th Annual Scarecrow Contest
  • Prairie Village
    Featuring demonstrations of blacksmithing, story telling, woodcarving, rope making, spinning and more
  • Live Entertainment
  • Great Variety of Craft and Food Vendors
    We will have a wonderful selection of vendors and look forward to their participation. If you are interested in participating, please email and we will add you to our mailing list.
  • Children's Activities
    Including a petting zoo, the Owl Lady, crafts and games
  • Quilting Display and Raffle
  • Scarecrow Display
  • Show and Shine Car Show

The vendor deadline is August 15. Please email if you would like to be placed on our mailing list for 2014.

If you'd like to participate as a Food or Market Vendor, you must first contact La Rae at!


 Scarecrow Contest

Without question, one of the main attractions of the Fall Harvest Festival is the Scarecrow Contest. All are welcome to compete and there is no entry cost. Scarecrows are made in every shape and size of all different materials.

Refer to the Scarecrow Contest Information link on the left to see how easy it is to join in the fun!

Check out these links for helpful instructions and
tips when making your scarecrow.

Raffle Items

"Cranberry Chutney" Quilt made by Mary Fratzke, 64"x72"-"Cranberries, peppers, onions, mustard-everything blends well in chutney!"

Fall Crow Hook Rug made by Bev Pyle, 34"x23 1/4"

Fall Themed Table Topper made by Pam Richter, 17.5"x18"

Raffle tickets are on sale NOW in the Arboretum Office in the Welcome Center!$2 each or 6 for $10.

Raffle drawing will be at 3pm on Sunday, September 15th, 2013.

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