NOTICE of CANCELLATION - 26th Annual Scarecrow Festival   July 12 2020

After meeting with committee members and holding discussions, the Wanatah Scarecrow Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Wanatah Scarecrow Festival. It is a very difficult decision as we know how important this Festival has become to our community for fundraising and our vendors. The Committee feels it would be extremely difficult to provide a safe and healthy experience for our vendors, spectators, volunteers and citizens of Wanatah.  Due to the ongoing Covid 19 crisis and CDC guidelines for large events, it would be nearly impossible to implement social distancing on the Square and inside the tents. Everyone’s safety is our number one concern.

We all are looking forward to the 2021 Wanatah Scarecrow Festival!  We will be back in 2021 stronger than ever.

We look forward to seeing everyone September 24, 25 and 26 2021!


Enjoy arts and crafts, rides for children, a pork chop dinner, fish fry and pancake breakfast, a parade, scarecrow sculpting, fun runs for children and adults, music and variety acts, a car show, community merchant drawings, bingo and more!

Scarecrow Fest Coloring Contest Submission Guidelines

Thank you for participating in the 26th Anniversary Scarecrow Fest coloring contest! Since this year is such a special occasion we are creating an Open Class coloring contest alongside our traditional Elementary school contest. Anyone no matter what age can participate! Here you will find a link to the coloring page image as well as the submission guidelines. The prize this year is a $50 Amazon gift card!

Rules & Submission Guidelines:

  • Do not remove or change the existing linework of the coloring page (Additions to the linework are okay)
  • Works may be traditional or digital
  • Your work must be entirely your own original coloring
  • One entry per person
  • Work must be emailed to (scanned png, jpeg, or pdf file) or a hardcopy received by Wanatah School (Attn: Devan Rushing) no later than September 21st, 2020 in order to qualify
  • First name, Last Name, and age along with a phone number we may reach you by must be attached to the back of the hard copy or included in the file’s email
  • No references to extreme gore, sexual content, or illegal substances. Keep it “school friendly”
  • Have fun!

2018 Contest Winners

Congratulations to our contest winners.

Scarecrow Festival 2021 starts in

  • This year the Scarecrow Festival will be collecting food for local food pantries.
  • Bring a non-perishable food item to the information booth during the festival and you’ll get a ticket to be entered into a drawing for some fun prizes!
  • One non-perishable food item = one ticket.


Interested in being a Vendor or Sponsor at the next Scarecrow Fest?
Scarecrow Festival is accepting applications for sponsors and craft vendors.

Cutest Baby Contest

Download registration form

Support Our Sponsors!

Patch’s Pal - $1,000 Sponsor

Signature Graphics
Kankakee Valley R.E.M.C
Dunes Hospice LLC
Edward Jones
Wanatah Lions Club

Caring Crows - $500 Sponsor
Schultz Floral Shop

Friendly Farmers-$250 Sponsor
W. Kendall & Sons
Insulation Specilties of America
LaCrosse High School Leo Club
Kaiser’s Crop Service
Horizon Bank
Ronald Bailey Trucking
First Source Bank

The Corn Field - $100 Sponsor
Dave Berger Family
Brian & Jeanne Pressel
IBEW Local 531
Castongia’s Tractor
S & W Realty
Royal Acres
Tillinghast Insurance
Gene and Elaine Shurte
Wanatah Dairy Queen
Jeff & Cathy Newburn & Family
Bane-Welker Equipment
The J-Mart BP
Edw. A Marks Family Farm
Coulters’ Farm
Charlesworth Financial Services
Birky Family Farms
James Irwin
Odd Fellows Lodge 56
Kalwitz Family Farms
Mitzner Meats
Morgan Security Service
Triple J-Mar
Dewey’s Auto Supply
Sparky’s Dawgs

Thank you to our Home Grown Helpers