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Info on the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival

August 28th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Chappell Hill Scarecrow FestivalPlan your October getaway to Washington County, Texas! Washington County has history, culture, scenery, and… scarecrows! The Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival, one of our most beloved local festivals, will return to Chappell Hill October 11-12, 2014. In its 37th year, the Scarecrow Festival will provide entertainment and family fun true to its roots but with a few exciting changes. Here at Murski Homestead, we have the important info you need to know on the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival.

Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival Hours

Enjoy this family-friendly festival from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, October 11 and from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 12.

Directions to the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival

The Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival is in the heart of Chappell Hill, TX, a short, 15-minute drive from Murski Homestead. To get there, travel south on Old Independence Road toward the Washington County Fairgrounds. Continue on E. Blue Bell Rd. and then take US-290 E toward Chappell Hill. Take Farm to Market (FM) Road 2447 E to Main Street. Turn right on Main Street. The area of the festival includes Main Street, Poplar Street and the property behind the Chappell Hill Visitor’s Center.

Scarecrow Festival Parking

There is no street parking allowed for the festival, so guests will need to park in the designated parking lot located on FM 1155/Main Street just north of US-290. Bring cash for the $5 parking charge.

Cost for the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival

There is no admission fee for the Scarecrow Festival: it’s free! Well, save for the $5 parking fee and whatever you would like to spend on concessions, goods and select entertainment. The festival has more than 250 exhibitors, a large selection of country-style food, live entertainment for adults and children and tours of the historic Chappell Hill community, so prepare your wallet accordingly.

New in 2014

Passionate antique shoppers unite! Antique dealers are being added to the list of Scarecrow Festival vendors in 2014! Now, in addition to shopping for art, jewelry, clothing and crafts, festival attendees will also be able to shop vendor booths full of lovely antiques.

Also worthy of note in 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the Chappell Hill Historical Society. The Chappell Hill Historical Society is a non-profit volunteer organization responsible for the preservation of the community’s history and historic buildings through events like the Scarecrow Festival. Cheers to the historical society for 50 years of historic preservation!

Scarecrow Contest

Returning to the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival in 2014 will be the community-wide Scarecrow Contest! The contest features unusual and imaginative scarecrows with straw-filled funny faces and floppy bodies. Cash prizes will be awarded for First Place ($300), Second Place ($200) and Third Place ($100).

We’re sure you will enjoy your time at the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival. Our neighboring town of Chappell Hill has friendly people and a casual atmosphere exuding Texas hospitality. We have the same here at Murski Homestead, and we hope you will choose to stay with us during the Scarecrow Festival. Your room is waiting for you!


Photo courtesy of the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival.

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