October festivals bring fall to life
Okotoks: Kayben Farms hosting series of scarecrow and pumpkin events
By: Tammy Rollie
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 08:48 am
A popular reality show is the inspiration behind a fast-paced competition sure to put spectators on the edge of their seats this month.
Kayben Farms is hosting The Amazing Pumpkin Race on Oct. 19, pitting six teams of four against each other in a number of pumpkin and scarecrow-related tasks. The race is part of the Pumpkin and Scarecrow Festivals held every Saturday this month at Kayben. Those interested in competing must submit a video describing how their team will dominate the competition.
“I love the show The Amazing Race,” said Kayben tourism manager Stephanie Parker. “So many people I know tried to get onto the show and couldn’t so I thought we should try to get something in Okotoks they can do in one afternoon.”
Six teams will compete in a number of challenges beginning in Olde Towne Okotoks at 11 a.m. and ending at Kayben Farms.
“We’ve come up with some pretty elaborate things,” said Parker. “It’s going to be very entertaining for people to watch and be a part of. I can’t tell you what they are because it will spoil the surprise.”
What Parker can divulge is the tasks will challenge teams both physically and mentally. Some challenge the entire team while others are directed to just one or two members.
Parker said the public is welcome to follow the racers to their various missions.
“It’s going to be so fun and we’re going to have lots of people taking pictures,” she said. “It’s going to be all over the Internet.”
The winner will come away with a $1,000 prize.
The Amazing Pumpkin Race is one of three new events for Kayben Farms this fall.
The first is a Little Miss Scarecrow Pageant and Princess Day on Oct. 5.
Princess Day encourages ladies to don their grad dress, prom dress or wedding dress and head to Kayben Farms.
“A lot of women have grad dresses, prom dresses and wedding dresses they will never wear again,” she said. “We have a life-sized pumpkin carriage just like in Cinderella to take their professional picture of anybody who wants it.”
Young girls aged two to seven years are invited to participate in the Little Miss Scarecrow Pageant where the youngsters get dolled up and perform on stage.
“We know that little girls love to dress up as princesses,” she said. “I thought, let’s do this Little Miss Scarecrow talent for little ones who want to show off their talents.”
What the youngsters can wear is optional, but they are encouraged to stick to a princess or fall theme. While on stage they will be asked to introduce themselves and perform a talent.
“I know a lot of two-year-old little girls who might not have much to say but have a lot of personality,” she said. “Little girls love dressing up.”
Judges will crown a winner and a crowd favourite will be selected based on ballots and cheers from the audience.
The first 12 girls registered will be entered into the competition.
Another new event is the Art in the Park contest at Kayben Farms on Oct. 12. Only 12 artists will be selected to compete.
Contestants will be given paint and 45 minutes to decorate the flat side of a hay bale and the work will be judged by foothills artists Landon-Jon Ference and Kerri Martin.
“The bales will be close together so people can come and watch the art unfold,” said Parker. “There is no theme. They can do whatever they want.”
The final event is the fifth annual Scarecrows for Charity Contest on Oct. 26.
Olde Towne Okotoks merchants are encouraged to display their personalized scarecrow creations at a cost of $10 per scarecrow. The merchant with the most votes will be given the registration money to donate to a charity of his or her choice. Voting will close on Oct. 25.
“It’s so much fun,” she said. “It really gets the whole town in the fall spirit.”
Parker said merchants have gotten competitive in past years. For instance, more than 25 scarecrows were entered in last year’s competition and more than 1,000 people voted, she said.
“The sooner you get your scarecrow up the sooner you can get people voting for you,” she said. “We encourage people to enter as many as you can. The more you enter the more that goes toward the charity.”
For more information about the Pumpkin and Scarecrow Festivals or to register in an event go to www.kayben.com