Cape Fear Scarecrow Festival Enchants Downtown Wilmington

Wilmington, NC: Visitors to Historic Downtown Wilmington are in for an extra-special treat during the Third Annual Cape Fear Scarecrow Festival, October 1 through November 4, 2006. This year, more than 85 creatively designed scarecrows will enchant visitors and residents at 65 participating Downtown merchants and restaurants during the biggest Scarecrow Festival to date.

Downtown businesses go all-out for the scarecrow competition. Scarecrows range from quaint to quirky in three categories: Traditional (using traditional items); Non-Traditional (using imaginative materials); and Kids Under 12. In addition, all entries will be eligible for the People Choice Award, which will be determined by the public. Peoples Choice forms may be picked up at the Visitors Information Riverbooth, located along the Riverwalk on Water Street at the foot of Market Street. A panel of judges will determine winners on Saturday, October 14. Prizes will be awarded at the Riverfront Farmer’s market on Saturday, October 21.

Among this year’s ‘Traditional’ entries is “Captain Joe & Flo Crow,” two Cape Fear anglers who will spend the coming weeks ‘fishing’ in the lobby outside the main Visitors Information Center, located in the Historic New Hanover County Courthouse at 24 North Third Street. Visitors who stop by the Visitors Information Center can pick up a Scarecrow Festival map, a Peoples Choice form, and a free Visitors Guide to Historic Wilmington & North Carolina’s Cape Fear Coast. Festival maps are also available at businesses displaying scarecrows.

“With more than 85 scarecrows at 65 locations, this is our largest scarecrow festival ever,” says Kathleen Baylies, President of Downtown Business Alliance. “The scarecrows showcase the abundance of creative talent in this area and provide another reason for people to come Downtown, where they will find wonderful shopping, dining, and sightseeing opportunities.”

While admiring the creatively crafted scarecrows, take in the sights, sounds and attractions along the historic Riverfront. Shop and dine at more than 200 unique boutiques, specialty shops, art galleries, antique dealers, and restaurants. Browse for produce, plants and crafts at the Saturday morning Riverfront Farmer’s Market. Explore the 230+ block National Register Historic District via trolley, horse-drawn carriage, guided walking tour, or nightly ghost walk. Visit museums, historic homes, and landmarks. Board the Henrietta III riverboat for a narrated cruise. Tour the Battleship North Carolina where WWII history comes to life. At day’s end, bunk in for the evening at one of more than 15 bed-and-breakfast inns or at a riverfront hotel. And don’t forget the beaches! Downtown Wilmington is located only a few minutes away from 31 miles of beautiful island beaches at Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach.

Organized by the Downtown Business Alliance, the 3rd Annual Cape Fear Scarecrow Festival is sponsored by RBC Centura, Cape Fear Community College, Kathleen Shannon Glancy Attorney at Law, On Point Media Strategies, Encore Magazine, Star-News, WECT-TV6, and WSFX Fox 26. For more details, call Cheri Olsen at 910-547-6660.

For a free Visitors Guide to Historic Wilmington & NC’s Cape Fear Coast, please contact the Visitors Bureau at 1-866-266-9690 or 910-341-4030. For online information about accommodations and attractions, or a complete Calendar of Events, please visit www.gocapefearcoast.com.

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