Mark your calendar, the 2017 Scarecrow Festival returns Sept. 15-17

With less than a month until the Scarecrow Festival returns to Washington Court House, organizers are reminding the community to mark their calendars for some incredible entertainment.

The Scarecrow Festival will be held from Sept. 15-17 with vendors, food, rides, bands and more as the city welcomes the fall season.

Announced earlier this year, headliner Craig Morgan will perform live on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m.

A multi-faceted entertainer, Morgan has made a name for himself as a country music icon, television host, celebrated outdoorsman and patriotic Army veteran. The Black River Entertainment artist regularly thrills massive crowds with signature hits, including “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “International Harvester,” “This Ole Boy,” “Wake Up Loving You,” and the six-week number one hit, “That’s What I Love About Sunday.”

In addition to a prolific country music career, Morgan hosts the award-winning TV show, “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors,” now in its seventh season on Outdoor Channel. Before his career as an entertainer, Morgan spent 17 years serving the country in the Army and Army Reserves. He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award.

For more information on Morgan, visit and engage with him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Another top country performer, Kaitlyn Baker, has also been announced for the Scarecrow Festival. Named among the “Top 10 country artists to watch in 2017” by The Huffington Post, Baker began attracting national attention two years ago when the Academy of Country Music included her song, “Coal Train,” on the 2015 ACM Awards ZinePak album alongside tracks by Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and other superstars. She will be the opening act for country music artist Craig Morgan the night of Saturday, Sept. 16.

The music of Kaitlyn Baker is available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. More information about her is available at

Other entertainers for the event include Bluegrass Ramblers at 5:30 p.m. and Johnny Lawless at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15 and Dumbfounded at 11 a.m. and the Temple Street Howlers at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Additionally, the United Way of Fayette County will hold its second-annual Scarecrow 5K on Saturday, Sept. 16. The event will take place in downtown Washington Court House at 9 a.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.) and will start at the intersection of Court and Main streets. The route will be similar to last year, but with a minor change to accommodate strollers.

All participants will receive a finisher’s medal and a t-shirt. Awards will be given for first, second and third place finishers for both males and females. Registration is now open and there are several ways to register. The event is $25 pre-registration or $30 on the day of the event to register. Debbie Bryant, United Way president, said to plan now to start your day with a 5K walk or run and enjoy the rest of the day at the Scarecrow Festival.

“This year we have 29 funded partners for 2018,” Bryant said. “All of the proceeds will stay right here in Fayette County. All of the money raised is local, we are run by a local board, and all of the agencies are local that we benefit. Remember to get registered early to make sure you get a shirt.”

Registration is available at ($1 online fee) or by downloading the application from or those interested may pick up their application at 105 Main St. (WCH City Building).

Stay with the Record-Herald for more updates as they become available.

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By Martin Graham

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