Events Information

Stampede 5k Run/ 3K Walk

Annual Scarecrow Stampede 5-K Run and 3-K Walk

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Signup for the event at

Held in conjunction with the Wanatah Scarecrow Festival. Sponsored by the Wanatah Little League.

Both events start at 8 AM at the School Parking Lot. Registration begins at 6:45 AM.

Entry Fee: Race Day $25 for 5K Run and $20 for 3K Walk.

Make checks payable to Wanatah Little League
PO Box 455
Wanatah, IN 46390.

Please email Mike Holtz

Course description: the race course is flat and fast. Intersections are monitored. Splits for each mile will be given. Water stations are available. Restrooms are available.

Both events begin and end at the School

Refreshments are provided for all participants.

All times will be recorded and posted immediately after the race by .

The first 120 participants registered are guaranteed T-Shirts with race date and sponsor logos. Only preregistered participants are guaranteeed shirt size. Plaques will be awarded to overall male & female winners. Age division winners will receive medals.

Age Divisions and Awards for 5-K Run:

Male Female
12 & Under (3) 35-39 (3) 12 & Under (3) 40-44 (3)
13-15 (3) 40-44 (3) 13-15 (3) 45-49 (3)
16-19 (3) 45-49 (1) 19-29 (3) 50-59 (3)
20-24 (3) 50-59 (3) 30-34 (3) 60 and over (3)
25-29 (3) 60-69 (3) 35-39 (3)
30-34 (3) 70 and over (3)

Age Divisions and Awards for 3-K Walk:

Male Female
12 & Under (1) 12 & Under (1)
13-18 (1) 13-18 (1)
19-29 (1) 19-29 (1)
30-39 (1) 30-39 (1)
40-49 (1) 40-49 (1)
50 and over (2) 50 and over (2)

Course Record Holders

5-K Race: Kirk Martin (1997) 16:33 Colette Liss (1998) 16:44
3-K Walk: Jim Morningstar (2001) 16:52 Regan Holmgren (2001) 18:07
Car Show

Wanatah Scarecrow Festival Car Show

Sunday September 29, 2019
8 AM – 2 PM

Registration 8:00 a.m. until Noon.
Central Daylight Time

Jimmy's will be providing breakfast and lunch during the car show.

Sponsored by:
Michiana Antique Auto Club, Inc.

Cost is $15.00 per car - ALL CARS WELCOME
Spectators: Free

Goody Bags (first 50 cars)
Dash Plaques for (first 130 cars)

Participant judging - Top 60 cars get trophies

Located at Wanatah Lion's Club Park adjacent To the Wanatah School

No Bicycles or Pets Please

For more information, contact Gina @ (219)393-3494

Click here for flyer.

Cutest Baby Contest

Saturday, September 28, 2019

  • 4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Cutest Baby Contest Sign In (Must be pre-registered)
  • 5 p.m. Cutest Baby Contest,  Come squeeze some cheeks with us!

If you love the Scarecrow Fest and have a cute baby you are welcome to join us!

Age categories are:

0-6 months
7-12 months
13-18 months
19-24 months
2 and 3 year old

We will have both a boy and girl winner in each age group.

Download an entry form.

Scarecrow Festival Harvest Contest

Friday, September 27, 2019 at Scarecrow Square

Kankakee Valley REMC will sponsor the Harvest Contest at the Scarecrow Festival. The contest is open to anyone with a green thumb and who thinks they might have the best or largest in one of these categories:

  • Tallest Sunflower
  • Heaviest Pumpkin
  • Largest Ear of Corn
  • Largest Zinnia
  • Soybean Stalk with Most Pods
  • Largest Tomato
  • Largest Watermelon
  • Most Unusual Gourd or Squash

Bring your entry to Scarecrow Square on Friday, September 27 from 3-6 PM for judging.

The winners will be announced that evening at 8:30 PM during the Merchant giveaways.

The winners in each category will receive a cash prize and a trophy from Kankakee Valley REMC.

Scarecrow Festival Parade

Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Assembly begins at Legion Post 403 Parking Area.

Parade begins and ends at Legion.

Download a Parade Application

Questions, Contact:
Wanatah Scarecrow Festival
Attn: Parade
P.O. Box 152
Wanatah, Indiana 46390-0152
(219) 733-2773

Scarecrow Scamper
Saturday September 28, 2019 - 9:30 A.M.
Scarecrow Scamper Children’s Fun Run
Download the form for the Scarecrow Kids Race
The Annual Scarecrow Scamper Kids Fun Run will be held on Sat-urday, September 22, 2018 at 9:30am on Main Street in Wanatah south of the railroad tracks. Proceeds go to Cass Merrymakers 4-H Club. Prepaid Registration is $12 prior to September 9, 2017. Race Day registration is $15.00. The race is for two through nine year olds. Divisions are by age as of race day. Participants will receive a shirt while sup-plies last. Registration forms may be obtained at the J-MARt BP in Wanatah. Shirts and/or shirt sizes are not guaranteed if not pre-registered by September 9. Make checks pay-able to Cass Merrymakers 4-H Club and drop off at the J-MARt BP in Wanatah or send to PO Box 41, Wanatah, 46390. For more information including check in time and age specific distances, find Scarecrow Scamper Kids Fun Run on Facebook or The race is sponsored by Cass Merrymakers 4-H Club and the J-MARt BP.
Scarecrow Queen Contest
Wiffleball Tournament

Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 8 A.M.

Scarecrow Fest Wiffleball Tournament will be held at Wanatah School, 309 School Drive, #249, Wanatah, IN 46390.

Team Entry fee is $50.  4-5 players (min. 4) per team. This will be a POOL PLAY + SINGLE elimination tournament.

For more information contact:  Mark Richards (219) 309 1823

Vendor Form

Art, Craft and Antique Vendor Application

September 6, 2019 is the deadline for application acceptance.