Scarecrows will invade Eureka for the seventh yr.
The annual competition, that includes creations scattered all through town and weekend occasions, is held throughout October.
Mayor Sean Flower is raring for this yr’s occasion.
“I’m simply wanting ahead to placing on one thing that we will all take pleasure in and never speaking about coronavirus,” he mentioned. “So that will be my massive aim, and we simply discover one thing to have slightly little bit of regular and we will take pleasure in.”
On Aug. 28, Eureka Chamber of Commerce government director Krista Overstreet mentioned greater than 100 scarecrows will probably be positioned round city.
Overstreet mentioned occasions linked to the month-long celebration have been modified this yr to stick to St. Louis County well being pointers, that are in place to assist stem the unfold of COVID-19.
“We’ve managed to provide you with a number of occasions that may really present social distancing in order that we will really put this competition on,” Overstreet mentioned.
Occasions linked to the competition embody:
■ Melvin’s Brewing Farmers Market, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday, 110 Hilltop Village Heart Drive.
■ Small Enterprise Week, beginning 8 a.m. Oct. 5 by 5 p.m. Oct. 9, prospects can enter a drawing to win prizes at taking part companies.
■ Taco Tuesday by Mountain Biking and Margaritas, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 6, at Eureka Mountain Bike Park, 1 Coffey Park Lane.
■ Drive-in film: “Beetlejuice,” 7 p.m. Oct. 9, at Timbers of Eureka, 1 Coffey Park Lane.
■ Golf Cart Parade, 7 p.m. Oct. 9, particulars to be introduced at a later date.
■ Tremendous Hero Saturday, 9 a.m. to midday Oct. 17. Personnel from the Eureka Hearth Safety District and Eureka Police will escort costumed superheroes across the metropolis.
■ Realty Executives Pumpkin Carving Contest, 11 a.m. to three p.m. Oct. 24, 113 Hilltop Village Heart Drive.
■ Starvation Mission Meals Assortment at Realty Executives Premiere, 11 a.m. to three p.m. Oct. 24, 113 Hilltop Village Heart Drive.
■ First Adventures Academy and Dobbs Truck or Deal with, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25, 600 Prime Notch Lane.
Two month-long occasions additionally return to this yr’s competition.
The Chamber of Commerce will maintain its annual election that permits folks to choose their favourite scarecrows. Voting could be accomplished at eurekascarecrowfestival.com.
The Nice Scarecrow Hunt, which is sponsored by Flower’s enterprise, Flower and Fendler Properties, additionally returns. Folks can take part by taking a photograph with a scarecrow and posting it on social media. The principles are listed on the competition’s web site.
The general winner will obtain $1,000, second place $500 and third place will get $250, based on the web site.
Overstreet mentioned she is wanting ahead to Tremendous Hero Saturday. She mentioned Six Flags staff will costume up like numerous superheroes and will probably be pushed all through town’s neighborhoods.
Overstreet mentioned the occasion is much like when Flower dressed because the Easter Bunny and visited all town’s neighborhoods in April.
“It provides folks a possibility within the residential areas to really feel like they’re a part of the competition,” she mentioned.
One occasion that has been linked to the Scarecrow Pageant the previous few years won’t happen because it has historically been held. The Harvest Moon Run, which is held at Route 66 State Park, won’t happen this yr.
As an alternative of the run, organizers will use the month to lift cash to fight starvation by a web based marketing campaign.
“The Harvest Moon Run board is setting forth on a Starvation Mission to lift funds for the hungry,” occasion organizer Carolyn Parmer mentioned. “The Starvation Mission is a web based marketing campaign to lift funds for the hungry, starting Oct. 1 and operating by the month of October.”
One other change for this yr’s occasion is how a lot the chamber is asking town to contribute financially.
Prior to now, the chamber has acquired $10,000 from town to assist pay for the occasion’s promoting. This yr, the chamber solely requested for $1,000 to cowl the price for the drive-in film.
On Sept. 1, Eureka Hearth Chief and chamber board member Greg Brown advised the aldermen that these coming to see the film won’t go away their autos, and the price to look at the present will probably be $10 per car.
Board members accepted the $1,000 expenditure 5-0. Ward 3 Alderman Jerry Holloway was not on the assembly.