If I only had a brain! Immortalized in the story of the Wizard of Oz, and numerous other books and movies such as Robinson Crusoe, you’ll find that there are now fall scarecrow festivals to celebrate the device used by farmers to discourage birds from feeding on seeds and crops in their fields. Although modern farmers have other techniques to scare off the crows that once plagued their fields, the often amusing scarecrow is celebrated in numerous fall festivals around the country.
Wild Rice Festival - Roseville, MN - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
A celebration of wild rice, Native American culture and Minnesota’s harvest season. Pancake breakfast, live entertainment, food trucks and vendors. Located at the Harriet Alexander Nature Center.
North Carolina Rice Festival - Belville, NC - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
Rice cooking contest, live music, arts and crafts, art contest, kids play area and a beer garden. Held at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville.
Texas Rice Festival - Winnie, TX - Oct 4 to Oct 7, 2017
Event has 8 contests include rice cooking contest, live music, livestock show, pageants and parade. Held in Winnie-Stowell Park. Horse show and cook-off happen prior to the event.
Arkansas Rice Festival - Weiner, AR - Oct 14 to Oct 14, 2017
An annual event with lots of carnival rides, live music on stage, vendors, pageant, and more.
International Rice Festival - Crowley, LA - Oct 19 to Oct 22, 2017
Louisiana’s oldest agricultural festival. Pageant, poker rice run, 5K run/walk, classic car show, parades, rice creole & cookery contest, rice eating contest, live music and carnival. It is usually held on the Friday and Saturday of the third weekend in October.