17th Annual Fall Harvest Festival



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

Sunday, September 13, 2015 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
17th 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)

Admission is $3/adult, $1/child, children under 5 and members get in free!

Festival highlights include:


17th Annual Scarecrow Contest

Prairie Village
Demonstrations of blacksmithing, story telling, woodcarving, rope making, spinning and more

Live Entertainment

Great Variety of Craft and Food Vendors

Tons of Children's Activities (Including a visit from Linda Nebbe!)

Scarecrow Display

Show and Shine Car Show


 Please contact office@cedarvalleyarboretum.org if you are interested in being a Food or Market Vendor.


 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.

This year's theme is "Down on the Farm!"


Interested in being a Scarecrow Sponsor?


$150- Our volunteers will make a scarecrow for you! Your business name will be displayed on the scarecrow and you will receive 2 passes for free admission!


$125-Make your own scarecrow! Must be delivered to the Arboretum Friday September 11th, 9am-7pm, or Saturday September 12th from 10am-noon.


$50-Pumpkin Sponsor: Have your business name put on a pumpkin in our "Pumpkin Patch."


Scarecrow Contest Judging is at Noon on Saturday September 12th!

During the Fall Harvest Festival, the public can bid on their favorite scarecrows! Purchase as many as you want!



Fall Harvest festival 2015 Flyer

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Silent Auction


This year, we are excited to announce the Fall Harvest Festival’s very first Silent Auction!  We will be receiving donations of different items leading up to the festival.  These items will be available to bid on at the 2015 Fall Harvest Festival.  The item will be given to the highest bidder.  All bidding will occur at the festival.




Donor: Black Hawk Memorial Co., Inc.

Estimated Value: $400

Item: One field stone landscape rock, engraved with a family name


What a wonderful addition to any home or business!

Donor:  Helen Melichar

Estimated Value:  $85

Item(s):  Package of three (3) separate metal pumpkin yard decorations

Made by:  metalvisionsbydan.com


A cute way to dress up your yard for the fall season!

Donor:  Helen Melichar

Estimated Value:  $95

Item(s):  Package of two (2) separate metal geese yard decorations

Made by:  metalvisionsbydan.com


A fun accessory to any gardener’s yard, perfect all year-long!  

Donor:  Martha and Ivan’s Catering and Bakery

Estimated Value:  $210

Minimum Bid:  $150

Item:  A delicious meal experience for six (6) prepared and served at your location of choice.  

Donor:  Mary Fratze (Also the creator)

Estimated Value:  $200

Minimum bid:  $100

Item:  Handcrafted quilt, 5 ft.x 6ft.  Quilt shows a variety of colors with a fun succulent theme for the fabric.  The reverse side is a light blue pattern, the front is a grey pattern with different colored and patterned tiles sewn into it.  

Donor:  Uptown Tots

Estimated Value:  $75

Item(s):  Uptown Tots Accessory Gift Basket.  Basket includes 3 large flowered hair clips, a flowered pink cap with flower, and a red neck tie.


Perfect for expecting mothers and their families!


Donor:  Jerry Schmitz (Also the creator)

Estimated Value:  $50 

Item:  Handcrafted by Gerald Schmitz, a folk art rock cabin birdhouse. Base is 17.5 in X 13.5 in, it sports tiny picnic tables and is 12 in. high at the chimney.


This beautiful, one-of-a-kind birdhouse would make a perfect gift or an awesome addition to any porch!

Donor:  Jerry Schmitz (Also the creator)

Estimated Value:  $50 

Item:  Hand crafted by Gerald Schmitz out of a vintage John Deere planter head, approximately 9 in. wide and 15 in. high bird house, mounted on a solid wood base.

Donor:  Jerry Schmitz (Also the creator)

Estimated Value:  $35 

Item:  John Deere tractor ear corn squirrel feeder handcrafted by Gerald Schmitz.  13 in. long and 15in. tall.  


A great way to invite more wildlife into your yard!

Donor:  Gary and Karin Blonigan

Estimated Value:  $58

Minimum Bid:  $35

Item:  28 inch diameter, 5-pointed, metal, sun face wall hanging for indoor or outdoor use.


This item is definitely an awesome buy!  

Donor:  Gary and Karin Blonigan

Estimated Value:  $85

Item:  An American Gold Finch print by wildlife artist Steve Carter; double matted in a rustic-styled frame; framed size is 14 x 17 inches.


What a beautiful portrayal of the Iowa state bird!

Donor:  Dierks Tree Transplant

Estimated Value:  $600

Minimum Bid:  $365

Item:  A 15 – 18 ft. Clump River Birch Tree, planted in the location of your choice.


Wow!  How awesome would this be in your yard!?

Donor:  Randy Robinson (also the creator) & Pat McGivern

Estimated Value:  $30

Item:  Wine Cork Wreath, 16 In. Diameter, adorned with glass grapes and fun bow hanger


Perfect for any wine lover!

Donor:  Randy Robinson & Pat McGivern

Estimated Value:  $45

Opening Bid:  $20

Item:  Table, made of cedar, with polyethylene exterior finish, so could be used indoors or out.  Height 18”, top 17.5 x 15.5”.  

Donor:  Libby Carter (Also the creator)

Estimated Value:  $30

Item:  Dried Fall Floral Arrangement, Approximately 2ft. high by 1.5 ft. wide, featuring pumpkins made out of dried cornhusks, real twigs, and dried wheat, created in a mason jar  

Donor:  Caryn Frederiksen

Estimated Value:  $200

Minimum Bid:  $105

Item:  In-Home Wine Tasting, You will receive 5 bottles of hand-crafted artisan wines from Napa Valley during the in-home wine tasting for you and up to 13 of your friends. Simple wine tasting foods will be provided, plus wine education and food pairings.

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