Surviving my first Kaufman Scarecrow Festival

Now that I have attended and enjoyed my first big town-wide event in Kaufman, I’m starting to feel like more of a local. Having covered tons of Fourth of July parades, motorcycle rallies, heritage festivals and other events in Alaska, Nevada, Missouri and Colorado, it was fun to be a part of a different tradition here in Texas.

I began my Scarecrow Days adventure in what I thought was an appropriate way – setting out the Kaufman Herald scarecrow! We had been bringing him in at night so he wouldn’t get wet, but I wanted him on display Saturday for any visitors who might journey down North Washington Street. 

Then it was off to the Lions Club pancake breakfast, where I volunteered to help serve sausage and pancakes. This was fun as I was able to say hi to many community members I’ve met during the past four months, along with having the opportunity to get to know some more.

Pancake breakfast chairman Michael Williams and his committee obviously know what they’re doing after four years of serving pancakes – we served a steady crowd all morning, only running low on pancakes a few times, then more platters of flapjacks miraculously appeared, cooked by lots of volunteers. 

After two hours of working breakfast and taking parade photos, the other half and I headed to the square to check out many of the 132 vendors who had signed up for this year’s event – a new record, according to city staff.

We got to meet Ron Johnstone, the owner of HE Honey, who is featured in our new magazine, Connecting Kaufman. We ate a corndog, then a bratwurst from Our Merciful Saviour Church, and warmed up with some coffee from a new coffee stand that is planning to open soon in downtown Kaufman, to the delight of the newspaper staff.  After shooting lots of photos and strolling around, we took a break, then returned in the evening for some live music, some wood-fired pizza, and shrimp from Doe Belly’s Catfish House. We hope you enjoy all of the pictures of the event in this week’s edition!


“Matilda, the Musical” looks to be the newest hit at Kaufman High School. A hardworking cast of 40-plus students, along with a large crew, will bring Roald Dahl’s book to life this weekend. Director Alecia King said after two fantasy productions, she wanted her students to try their hand at a realistic show, albeit with singing and dancing. Tyler Washburn plays the title role, and she is backed up by Katarina Cunningham as Hortensia, along with a giant cast of singers and dancers. Showtimes are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Break a leg, theater kids! 

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