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, held the second Sunday each September, 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
    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 office@cedarvalleyarboretum.org and we will add you to our mailing list.
  • Children's Activities
    Including a petting zoo, the Owl Lady, crafts and games
  • 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

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