Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 10, 2013

The scarecrows are coming -- for first fall fest

The Andover Townsman

---- — Don’t be surprised if you bump into Amelia Earhart on a visit downtown later this month,

The aviatrix will be among 40 scarecrows depicting historical figures and educational themes that will be lining the streets for Andover Coalition for Education’s inaugural Scarecrow Festival.

The nonprofit, volunteer organization that sponsors curriculum-enhancing initiatives across the Andover Public Schools is holding the event to celebrate the local schools and bring a festive fall excitement to the Andover business district. Designed in the spirit of Holiday Happenings and Andover Days, it is being planned with the support of many town groups, including the Andover Business Community Association.

The scarecrows, each with their own creative educational flair, will be displayed on light poles along Main Street from Oct. 20 through 27.

Then on Sunday, Oct. 27, at noon, the event will culminate with a Festival Gathering in front of Old Town Hall that will feature performances by Andover High School vocal groups and a presentation by Superintendent of Schools Marinel McGrath.

Andover businesses and organizations are participating in the community-building event through the sponsorship of a scarecrow. Each scarecrow will be customized with the sponsor’s name for the week-long display.

For more information on the festival or to sponsor a scarecrow, contact Jennifer Bentley of the Andover Coalition for Education at