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.
Admission is $3/adult, $1/child, children under 5 and members get in free!
Festival highlights include:
17th Annual Scarecrow Contest
Demonstrations of blacksmithing, story telling, woodcarving, rope making, spinning and more
Great Variety of Craft and Food Vendors
Tons of Children's Activities (Including a visit from Linda Nebbe!)
Show and Shine Car Show
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being a Food or Market Vendor.
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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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: 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: 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: 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.