Kaufman’s annual Scarecrow Festival pulled in the crowd Saturday with nearly ideal Texas fall weather.
By parade time at 9 a.m. throngs lined the route along South Washington St. from U.S Hwy. 175 all the way through the courthouse square. The crowd was two and three deep along most of the mile-long route, as dozens of parade entries streamed by.
“The Scarecrow Festival was a success,” said organizer Curtis Snow, tourism specialist with the Kaufman Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the event.
The event had some new wrinkles this year, and those seemed to be accepted, he said.
For the first time the event expanded to Friday to include two musical acts.
Though the crowd was light – the Kaufman Lions were playing a home football game – it was larger than expected as T.J. Broscoff and The Light Crust Doughboys entertained.
Saturday kicked off with a fun run in the cooler morning temperatures. The Kaufman Lions Club hosted its first pancake day and reported good crowds.
“The floats were the best,” Snow said. “The Kaufman High School Band stirred the crowd with their marching music.”
After parade time, the square was packed, and the many vendors from food to arts and crafts and community groups reported good business.
And music continued throughout the day on two stages.
“The city and the chamber enjoy putting on the Scarecrow Festival,” Snow said.
“With thanks to Senator Bob Hall and Rep. Spitzer for their support for the arts,” Snow added. “The chamber received a grant to offset some of the music costs, bringing Texas culture to our community.”