Shangri La to close Scarecrow Fest with Autumn Fair
Enjoy the final day of the Scarecrow Festival at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center by attending the annual Autumn Fair, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12. Come cheer for a favorite scarecrow as prizes are awarded to the winning scarecrow designs starting at 2 p.m.
This year’s festivities will provide a day full of family-friendly fun in celebration of the fall season. Regular entry fee to Shangri La gives visitors access to all activities for a whole day of excitement. All ages are welcome.
This year’s Autumn Fair includes lots of fun activities and opportunities to win a prize. Whether decorating a pumpkin to take home, participating in a pumpkin ring toss, making a corn husk doll, getting your face painted, going on a scarecrow scavenger hunt or running in a scarecrow dash, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
As an added bonus, attendees can meet Maxine, Shangri La’s rehabilitated owl, at the Nature Discovery Center from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Outpost tours will be available during the day, and a fun fall obstacle course will offer a challenge at this year’s Autumn Fair.
Many games, such as the scarecrow scavenger hunt, are available for visitors of all ages. A Guess the Seeds contest will allow visitors to polish their guessing skills to see how many seeds are in a jar, with the closest guess winning an indoor compost bin.
In addition, the Scents of the Season contest promises to be a grand time for the whole family as visitors take turns guessing the scents to win a prize. During the Scarecrow Dress and Dash, participants will dash to the designated clothing area, dress themselves like a scarecrow and dash back to the starting line to win a prize.
“This year’s Autumn Fair will be a fun-family event that will have activities for all ages to come and enjoy,” say Michael Hoke of Shangri La. “And, if you haven’t been out to see and vote for your favorite scarecrow, now is the time to do so. We will be awarding prizes for the scarecrows at Autumn Fair and they will be coming down soon after.”
Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information on Autumn Fair and Shangri La, visit www.shangrilagardens.org.