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Scarecrows and Decorated Pumpkins Wanted


PIERRE, S.D. – Celebrating its 15th anniversary this fall, the Huron Lions and Lioness’ Great Scarecrow and Decorated Pumpkin Festival will be held October 9-12 at Campbell Park in Huron.

"These four days in October provide us with the opportunity to give thanks for a bountiful harvest," said Dianne Gropper, Co-Chair of the Festival. "Our festival will showcase imaginative and unusual creations to promote schools, clubs, churches and businesses in the Huron area."

Over $1000 in cash prizes will be given away at this year’s festival. Individual youth and adult entries are encouraged. In conjunction with the festival, The Huron Convention and Visitors Bureau will be sponsoring a largest sunflower contest. All awards will be given away on the final day of the festival.

Attendance and participation in the Great Scarecrow and Decorated Pumpkin Festival is free to the public. Contact Dianne Gropper at 605-352-0394, or visit for more information on the festival.

The In Your Own Backyard series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique areas and attractions all across South Dakota. Click on the special "In Your Own Backyard" link at to access the complete list of articles.


The In Your Own Backyard series is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 Initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.