18th 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.

2016's Fall Harvest Festival will be on Sunday, September 11th, 2016

18th 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)


Festival highlights include:


18th 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!



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