FAQs

Call the Festival coordinators at 734-675-7325 or click here to email

We have a great dance group/band/act! How can they perform at the Festival?

We have lots of opportunities for performers! Check out the Entertainment page, Scarecrow Idol singing contest, Highland Games and Battle of the Bands. Your act doesn’t fit in those areas? Contact us directly, let’s talk!

PLEASE NOTE that we usually work with local groups.

We prefer to listen to music/samples via a website or link vs. hard copy mailings of cd samples etc. While we have a select number of slots available, the Festival utilizes a rotating schedule for performers and we also directly contact artists that we have heard and think may be a good fit for the festival.

***Please note that we receive many online requests regarding performing at the festival therefore we cannot respond to each and every inquiry, especially those with incomplete or non-working music samples. If you are selected to perform, we will reach out to you for your availability in August/early September.

Have you considered having a Miss Scarecrow Festival pageant?

Every now and then we receive an inquiry about the potential of hosting a Queen/Princess pageant during the Festival. At this time we do not have any plans to host a pageant during the Scarecrow Fest, but we do have a pageant-style dog costume contest that you can enter or buy a calendar from!

How do I sign up to be in Scarecrow Idol?

Call Soundque now to setup an audition time 734-675-7325 Deadline: Sept 20th, 2014

Does it cost to register?

No. The contest is FREE to join

Does it matter where I live?

We prefer entrants to be from the surrounding 21 Downriver communities since this is a community event. You are welcome to enter no matter where you live, as long as you can get to the finals on Oct 3rd 2014 by 6pm
Keep in mind that the audience votes for the winners so if your friends and family live nearby, they can cheer you on!

Is there an age limit?

Age groups:
Kids 7-12
Teens: 13-17
Adults: 18+

Do you have a screen with the lyrics?

No – you need to have your lyrics memorized

What is my commitment as a contestant?
  • Show  up on time Oct 3rd, 2014
  • Have your lyrics memorized and your CD tested. You can bring an iDevice but we prefer a disc to play your tracks.
  • Dress for the weather – this is outdoors in October
  • Behave professionally on and offstage
  • Cheer on your fellow contestants – this is a fundraiser for charity and we do this for fun.
  • HAVE FUN
How does the Competition and Judging work?

This event is a fundraiser for local charities and non-profits. Most of the proceeds go to support DYPAC Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center, which provides low or no cost opportunities for children of all ages to create and experience the performing arts.

THE AUDIENCE IS YOUR JUDGE.

Audience members buy a voting slip for $1 to help the fundraiser. After each age group performs, slips are filled out and given to the counters. Each slip must have 3 different contestant numbers on it – no “loading” of the slip, it will be disqualified and the funds will not be returned.

After the first round of votes, the top 3 singers in that age group sing again.The audience votes for a winner after the second round.

Rinse and repeat for each age category.

ALL SINGERS MUST HAVE 2 SONGS PREPARED

How do I choose a song?

Songs MUST be family-friendly and age appropriate for the singer. This event draws a LOT of families with children.

Can I play an instrument?

No. You must sing to a backing track or a cappella (without music)

Can I sing a song I wrote?

We prefer that you sing a popular song that the audience will know, as this event is considered part of the entertainment for the Festival. In the past, self-penned songs score very low with the audience,and they are your judges.

Can my sister, brother, friend…sing with me?

No, we do not allow duets or group performances.

What are the prizes?

Each contestant gets a certificate for participating.

1st place and 2nd and 3rd runner up also get a plaque.

1st place in each age category gets a small cash prize.

Please note this is a fundraiser for a local community event – you are welcome to participate, please keep in mind that the goal is to raise funds for charity, not to earn a paycheck. We promote an event where everyone is supportive of each other in a friendly competition.

I am trying to get in touch with an artist that was at last year’s Festival. Can you help me?

Sure we will! Whether it was last year or 10 years ago, we will try our best to get you the information you need. If you could please email us using the contact form and tell us as much as you can remember about the artist, we will be sure to work on your request. (A Tip For You: Anything and everything helps us in narrowing down the potential artists: Maybe you remember what state they were from, what types of product they had, a rough idea of the location of their booth, the more details and specifics – the better! We love playing detective!)

How can I become a Food Vendor at the Festival? Do I need to fill out an application?

We do not accept food trucks or full service food vendors at this event, instead we focus on the high quality local restaurants located right on the Festival streets, some of whom setup booths onsite. Sometimes we accept coffee, cider, kettle corn or other snack vendors. Feel free to email us about your snack item.

The Carnival brings traditional fair food items.

How can I become a sponsor of the Festival?

Our sponsors are a very important part of our event, and we prefer to talk to them directly. Please call us at 734-258-7996 and one of our volunteers will contact you with more information.

What is the size of an artist booth?

A single site is 10’x10’ or a double site is 10’x 20’. We can also custom fit your setup onsite. Call us at 734-258-7996

What are fees to apply or have an artist booth at the Festival?

Fees are subject to change but at this time a single site is $55 and a double site is $90.  The site fee payment must be submitted with the application. No refunds are given at any time for any reason, so check your schedule and make sure you have reserved the 1st week in October for the Scarecrow Festival!

Do you sell commercial goods? Call us directly to get the commercial application. 734-258-7996

Can I volunteer to help at the Festival?

Of course! Call us at 734-258-7996. If you are with a local non-profit, contact us to find out how we can donate funds back to your organization or charity of your choice.

Do you have handicap parking?

Yes the nearby municipal parking lot has handicapped parking, but it is on a first come – first serve basis. That lot is at the north end of the Festival. We also have handicapped porta-johns at St Joseph/West Jefferson, near the information booth and bandstage.

Are pets allowed at the festival?

We welcome furry friends! Just ask the yearly Dog Costume contestants!

Animals must be leashed in order to enjoy the festival – please abide by our city ordinances.

What if it rains? Do you cancel the event?

The Scarecrow Festival takes place rain or shine but we prefer shine!

Is this an indoor or outdoor festival?

The Scarecrow Festival takes place outdoors in lovely downtown Trenton, near Elizabeth Park and half a block from the Detroit River waterfront.

Festival Hours:
Friday, October 3rd 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Entertainment, Oktoberfest, and Carnival only)
Saturday, October 4th 10:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sunday, October 5th 11:00 am – 5:45 pm

Is this a family-friendly event?

Absolutely! There is something for everyone, whether it be entering or watching a contest, shopping, carnival rides, festival food, live music, everyone is sure to have a memorable time that will continue as a family tradition.

Our contests include Scarecrow Building, Scarecrow Idol, Battle of the Bands, Dog Costume Contest, Punkin’ Chunkin, and more. Contestants range in age from 8-80!

What is the Scarecrow Festival?

The Scarecrow Festival is run by the Downtown Event Planners a non-profit 501 3(c) in Michigan. We are a dedicated group of resident and business volunteers who want to provide a family-oriented, fun event during the fall season. We annually donate proceeds (directly or indirectly) to many local charities and non-profit organizations. This event is not run by the City of Trenton, nor does it use taxpayer funds. We raise money to give it away to charities and non-profits in our community. We welcome businesses and residents of all kinds to join us.

A full 2 1/2 days of fun for the entire family! Our famous contests, Arts & Crafts, Carnival rides, free entertainment, dog costume contest, Highland Games/Strongman contest, kids games, scarecrow building with prizes, Oktoberfest tent, food and did we say fun?

2014 marks our 13th year of bringing this event to downtown Trenton.

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