‘Great turnout’ at festival


Despite challenges, Scarecrow Fest deemed a massive success

By Abby Shrout - [email protected]



The annual Scarecrow 5k/10k walk/run took place this past Saturday. Participants take off to start the race.

The annual Scarecrow 5k/10k walk/run took place this past Saturday. Participants take off to start the race.


Abby Shrout | Record-Herald

The Scarecrow Festival Queen’s Court awarded the participants their medals as they crossed the finish line. (l-r); Kaley Moser (Queen), Onesti Evans (2nd Attendant), Aubrey Pfeifer (1st Attendant).


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Male winners of the 5k race. (l-r); Keith Burns (3rd place), Christopher Hayes (1st place), Logan Vanlandingham (2nd place).


Abby Shrout | Record-Herald

Female winners of the 5k. (l-r); Makayla Summers (2nd place), Madison Hayes (1st place), Erin Perkins (3rd place).


Abby Shrout | Record-Herald

Male winners of the 10k. (l-r); Trent Brown (3rd place), Tristan White (2nd place), Victor Churchill (1st place).


Abby Shrout | Record-Herald

Female winners of the 10k. (l-r); Stefan Roberts (1st place), 2nd Place Winner, Monica Holmback (3rd Place).


Abby Shrout | Record-Herald

Ruby Wickensimer waves to the camera as she participates in her first 5k.


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The Washington Court House Cheerleaders cheer on the racers as they pass for motivation.


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Reese Anderson and Harper Camp had fun on this ride at the Scarecrow Festival.


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Cream Camino, an alternative rock band based out of Columbus, Ohio, opened for Orianthi on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.


Tyler Flora | Record-Herald

Orianthi, multi-platinum guitarist, singer, and songwriter, headlined the Scarecrow Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.


Tyler Flora | Record-Herald

The local community celebrated the annual Scarecrow Festival over the weekend in downtown Washington Court House and turnout exceeded expectations.

The Scarecrow Festival is by far one of the most anticipated events of the year for our community.

“The response to the Scarecrow Festival from our community was wonderful. I appreciate the volunteers that make the festival possible along with the exceptional work of the street department, police department, and folks like Tom Payton. The festival became stressful for many of the volunteers, but they kept moving forward when confronted with a challenge and I am happy to work alongside them,” said Washington Court House City Manager Joe Denen.

Rock band “Hinder” was scheduled to be the headlining act for Saturday night’s concert but unfortunately had to cancel at the last minute which led to the committee struggling to find an entertainer to fill their spot. On extremely short notice, the committee was able to secure an impressive new headliner: “Orianthi” — a platinum-selling recording artist and world class guitarist.

“Hinder did not leave us in a very good spot canceling with only 48 hours until showtime,” explained Stephanie Dunham, executive director of the Fayette County Travel & Tourism Bureau. “It was very difficult finding a replacement and if it wouldn’t have been for the opening act that had all of the guitars and equipment needed for Orianthi, I’m not sure we would have been able to pull it off.”

Dunham told the Record-Herald, “Our committee works diligently for months planning and prepping for the festival. We are very thankful for the great turnout that we had and the attendance exceeded our expectations!”

“My favorite part of the festival is just seeing our vision and all that our committee has worked hard on for the last nine months come together,” noted Dunham.

Denen also commented on the wonderful turnout for the festival. “Turnout was great. I was surprised by the number of people on Friday with two home football games.”

The Scarecrow Committee and city officials work tirelessly throughout the year to make the festival come to fruition and are very thankful and proud when the time comes for the community to enjoy it.

The Scarecrow Festival Facebook page also posted to thank the community. “What a wonderful festival weekend! Big thank you to City Services, City Police, and Fire Dept. Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors, vendors, volunteers, entertainers, and of course attendees for making the festival a success. See you in 2023!”

The annual Scarecrow 5k/10k walk/run took place this past Saturday as well. This event was organized by Debbie Bryant, president of United Way of Fayette County.

There were 119 total participants, 46 male, and 73 female, which was the highest attendance for this event ever.

The participants started off in front of the courthouse and made their way through town to finish off back at the starting point.

For the male participants of the 5k, Christopher Hayes took 1st place with a time of 21:04, Logan Vanlandingham took 2nd place with a time of 23:24, and Keith Burns took 3rd place with a time of 24:33.

For the female participants of the 5k, Madison Hayes took 1st place with a time of 21:04, Makayla Summers took 2nd place with a time of 24:59, and Erin Perkins took 3rd place with a time of 25:02.

For the male participants of the 10k, Victor Churchill took 1st place with a time of 40:41, Tristan White took 2nd place with a time of 43:31, and Trent Brown took 3rd place with a time of 45:47.

For the female participants of the 10k, Stefan Roberts took 1st place with a time of 55:33, the participant who took 2nd place with the bib number 9881 could not be identified as of Monday, and Monica Holmback took 3rd place with her time being unavailable as well.

The 2022 Scarecrow Festival was nothing short of a success and will leave high expectations for next year’s.

The annual Scarecrow 5k/10k walk/run took place this past Saturday. Participants take off to start the race.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2022/09/web1_thumbnail_IMG_2357-1-.jpgThe annual Scarecrow 5k/10k walk/run took place this past Saturday. Participants take off to start the race. Abby Shrout | Record-Herald

The Scarecrow Festival Queen’s Court awarded the participants their medals as they crossed the finish line. (l-r); Kaley Moser (Queen), Onesti Evans (2nd Attendant), Aubrey Pfeifer (1st Attendant).
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2022/09/web1_thumbnail_IMG_2358.jpgThe Scarecrow Festival Queen’s Court awarded the participants their medals as they crossed the finish line. (l-r); Kaley Moser (Queen), Onesti Evans (2nd Attendant), Aubrey Pfeifer (1st Attendant). Abby Shrout | Record-Herald

Male winners of the 5k race. (l-r); Keith Burns (3rd place), Christopher Hayes (1st place), Logan Vanlandingham (2nd place).
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2022/09/web1_thumbnail_IMG_2359.jpgMale winners of the 5k race. (l-r); Keith Burns (3rd place), Christopher Hayes (1st place), Logan Vanlandingham (2nd place). Abby Shrout | Record-Herald

Female winners of the 5k. (l-r); Makayla Summers (2nd place), Madison Hayes (1st place), Erin Perkins (3rd place).
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2022/09/web1_thumbnail_IMG_2360.jpgFemale winners of the 5k. (l-r); Makayla Summers (2nd place), Madison Hayes (1st place), Erin Perkins (3rd place). Abby Shrout | Record-Herald

Male winners of the 10k. (l-r); Trent Brown (3rd place), Tristan White (2nd place), Victor Churchill (1st place).
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2022/09/web1_thumbnail_IMG_2361.jpgMale winners of the 10k. (l-r); Trent Brown (3rd place), Tristan White (2nd place), Victor Churchill (1st place). Abby Shrout | Record-Herald

Female winners of the 10k. (l-r); Stefan Roberts (1st place), 2nd Place Winner, Monica Holmback (3rd Place).
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2022/09/web1_thumbnail_IMG_2363.jpgFemale winners of the 10k. (l-r); Stefan Roberts (1st place), 2nd Place Winner, Monica Holmback (3rd Place). Abby Shrout | Record-Herald

Ruby Wickensimer waves to the camera as she participates in her first 5k.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2022/09/web1_thumbnail_IMG_9506.jpgRuby Wickensimer waves to the camera as she participates in her first 5k. Courtesy photo

The Washington Court House Cheerleaders cheer on the racers as they pass for motivation.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2022/09/web1_thumbnail_IMG_9508.jpgThe Washington Court House Cheerleaders cheer on the racers as they pass for motivation. Courtesy photo

Reese Anderson and Harper Camp had fun on this ride at the Scarecrow Festival.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2022/09/web1_Two-girls-on-a-ride.jpgReese Anderson and Harper Camp had fun on this ride at the Scarecrow Festival. Courtesy photo

Cream Camino, an alternative rock band based out of Columbus, Ohio, opened for Orianthi on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2022/09/web1_Cream-Camino.jpgCream Camino, an alternative rock band based out of Columbus, Ohio, opened for Orianthi on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. Tyler Flora | Record-Herald

Orianthi, multi-platinum guitarist, singer, and songwriter, headlined the Scarecrow Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2022/09/web1_Orianthi-Horizontal.jpgOrianthi, multi-platinum guitarist, singer, and songwriter, headlined the Scarecrow Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. Tyler Flora | Record-Herald
Despite challenges, Scarecrow Fest deemed a massive success

By Abby Shrout

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