ACE sells DIY scarecrow kits, gears up for Oct. festival

RYAN HUTTON/ Staff photoKimberly Peterson, 6, reaches to poke the fake corncob nose of a scarcer built by Salvatore's of Andover as part of the Andover Coalition for Education (ACE) Scarecrow Festival on Main Street in Andover on Sunday afternoon.

The Andover Coalition for Education will be holding the fifth annual scarecrow festival this fall. The festival will be held in downtown Andover from Oct. 14 through Oct. 28. Last year 76 scarecrows were displayed during the festival on Main Street and in downtown Andover. Over $16,000 was raised by ACE through the festival for Andover Public Schools. 

"We are hoping to have that many participants, if not more, this year," said Jennifer Srivastava, ACE director. 

Interested organizations and non profits can enter a scarecrow in the festival to be displayed on Main Street or downtown for $50. The entry fee also covers the cost of wood and hay for a scarecrow.

For the third year, the Andover Coalition for Education (ACE) is selling "make your own scarecrow" kits to Andover residents seeking to display their own scarecrow in their yard or neighborhood. The kit includes a wood frame and hay and costs $30. Neighborhoods and families across town are known to participate annually in the festival. 

Proceeds from the Scarecrow festival and other ACE events support and fund different educational initiatives at Andover Public Schools for all grade levels.

“ACE is thrilled to be celebrating our fifth Anniversary of the Scarecrow Festival. This community event is a wonderful opportunity to share ACE's mission with the greater Andover community, to celebrate our schools and to bring a festive fall excitement to the Andover business district,” said ACE President Lenore Price.

Every year, the scarecrow festival is centered on a theme. This year, ACE partnered with the Andover Historical Society, and the theme is focused on places in Andover. The theme was inspired by the Andover Historical Society's art exhibit, PLACES: A juried art show inspired by Andover's special places. Participates are not required to incorporate the theme to "highlight a favorite place in Andover," but it is encouraged. 

Scarecrow Kits are available for pick up at locations around Andover.  To reserve your scarecrow kit today, you can contact jsrivastava@aceandover.org to arrange a pick-up date and location. Kits will also be sold at the Andover Farmer's Market on Oct. 7 and Oct. 14. 

The kickoff for the Scarecrow Festival will be held on Oct. 14. 

Follow Kelsey Bode on Twitter @Kelsey_Bode.

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