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  • Ottawa Area Chamber's 2022 Scarecrow Festival

    Saturday, September 24th

    10:00am - 4:00pm

    Washington Square Park, Jackson Street, & the Jordan Block

    101 E Lafayette Street - 101 W Main Street, Ottawa, IL 61350

  • Join us Saturday, September 24th for a fun-filled day of family-friendly activities at this fall festival celebrating the Ottawa community!

    Come see the scarecrows on display, shop our local vendors and businesses, take a horse-drawn hitch wagon ride, listen to live music, get your face painted, and more!

    This event will go from 10am to 4pm and encompass Washington Square Park, Jackson Street & the Jordan Block. Vendors and event times are listed below. If you have any questions, contact the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce at 815-433-0084 or at info@ottawachamberillinois.com.

    The Ottawa Scarecrow Festival is organized by the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, Dylan Conmy of Prairie Fox Books, and Heather Pursley of Post and Prairie Design Studio.


  • Activities & Events

    Free horse-drawn hitch wagon rides will be available courtesy of Otter Creek Carriages from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, with staging set up in the SOCU parking lot on Jefferson Street!

    Washington Square Park

    • 4-H Animal Demos: 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Come see bunnies, goats, and sheep courtesy of 4-H and Kate Reed!

    • Kids Craft Tent: 10:00am to 4:00pm

    Come make a fun craft to take home or give as a gift!

    • Ottawa Area Chamber's "You're Gonna Need a Bigger Bowl" Chili Cook-Off: 10:00am to 11:30am

    See the brave souls who have offered up their chili recipes in their quest to find out who the top Chili Chef in Ottawa is! 

    Jordan Block

    • Face Painting with Diane Martin: 10:00am to 4:00pm

    Get yourself in the Festive Fall Spirit by getting your face painted by Diane Martin, who will also be raising money for Safe House Animal Rescue of Mendota!

    • "Bat Hero & Miss Marvelous" presented by Caitlyn's Ever After LLC: 10:30am to 11:30am

    Meet your favorite superheroes and get pictures with the one and only "Bat Hero" and "Miss Marvelous," courtesy of Caitlyn's Ever After LLC!

    • Music Performance by Cheryl Rodey: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Come see vocal powerhouse and full time musician Cheryl Rodey perform her incredible originals and new takes on old classics on the Jordan Block stage!

    • Music Performance by Dustin Darnold: 2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Enjoy musician Dustin Darnold's original compositions and beautiful lyrics as he performs on our Jordan Block stage.

  • Vendors

    Washington Square Park Vendors

    Merchant & Nonprofit Vendors

    • Simply Play
    • Usborne Books & More
    • Rock & Rori
    • Epworth United Methodist Church
    • Sheepishly Cute
    • Bridges Senior Center
    • Howlin' Moon Barkery
    • The Bee's Knees Gifts, Treats & More
    • Starved Rock Regional Center
    • Center for Youth & Family Solutions
    • H. Julia Plantes de la Terre
    • VM Children's Entertainment
    • A&A Creations by Janet
    • Sharp Shooter
    • Mary Kay
    • Scentsy
    • Illinois NOW
    • LaSalle County CASA
    • Streator Onized Credit Union
    • Kane Family Farms
    • Community Food Basket of Ottawa

    Food & Drink Vendors

    • Ottawa Sunrise Rotary
    • Job's Daughters
    • RS Concessions
    • Marquette Academy Crusaderettes
    • Aussem Dogs

    Jordan Block Park Vendors

    Merchant & Nonprofit Vendors

    • Sew Far Down the Rabbit Hole
    • Rowan's Garden
    • Cavecrafts
    • B Dominique Boutique
    • Ink & Feathers Comics
    • Mythic Bath Co.
    • Keke's Sweet Shop
    • Goetz Creative
    • Jocelyn Campbell
    • AMEN Acres
    • SubRealities
    • SEC Creations
    • Humble & Kind
    • Rae of Sunshine Creations
    • Boho Custom Crafts
    • Debra Markut
    • Rachel's Crafty Creations
    • Handmade Seasonal Decor
    • That Wreath Lady

    Food & Drink Vendors

    • Yim Curry
    • Los Tacos Guys
    • Bertha Food Truck
    • T's Food Shack
    • Keely's Castle