Scarecrows in Colorado with Zeb the Duck

A warm, sunny day, but Olde Town Arvada, Colorado was full of scarecrows.

Scarecrow

I, Zeb the Duck, am sitting on the head of a scarecrow.   There seems to be several scarecrows in the plaza.   And no crows.

Scarecrow

Here is another one.   Arvada Plaza is near the library and signs say the library also has a scarecrow.    Let’s go see it.

Scarecrow with Zeb and crows

Oh, this scarecrow is reading a book, and the crows want to hear the story.  I am on one shoulder and a crow is on the other.   Another crow on the back rim of the hat.   But the crows are friendly.   Perhaps they are trying to understand those shoes.   The humans get to vote here, for their favorite scarecrow.

Vote here

The ladies in the booth said ducks cannot vote.   Darn.   Small humans enter the cone maze here.

Enter Cone Maze

They follow the yellow tape and seem to be having fun.

Cone maze

Oh, if only I could be a human sometimes.   The Arvada Fire Department had a booth here also.

Arvada Fire Department

So many options for humans here.

Many choices

And more.

Painted pumpkins

I love these painted pumpkins.   Humans, large and small, can ride the hay wagon.

Ride on the hay wagon

Humans sit on bales of hay and a tractor pulls the wagon through the streets of Olde Town Arvada.   All this activity makes humans, and ducks, hungry.   This great food truck is from Steuben’s Restaurant.

Steuben’s Food Truck

Steuben’s has a restaurant in Olde Arvada.   Very tasty.   But, my very favorite festival food is here.

Kettle Corn

I love kettle corn.   Of course we bought some.   Across from Olde Town Arvada Plaza, this church, with scarecrow, hay and apple cider, is ready for autumn.

Lounging on bale of hay

Last Saturday, the weather was warm, in the 60’s, sunny and a perfect day for a festival.   The next day, Sunday, the temperature was in the teens and low 20’s with snow all day.   Monday was sunny again and all the snow melted.   That is just how the weather is in Colorado.   Many seasons in a week, and we love it.   We are happy that the 22nd Festival of Scarecrows was here on the warm sunny day.

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Halloween is sweet!!

Monday I, Zeb the Duck, showed you pictures of pumpkins, lots of pumpkins, and photos of Halloween decorations people had in their yards.  This Halloween is so exciting.  But I didn’t know all of it.

Mom and my Alaska uncle took my Alaska cousin and me, Zeb, trick or treating.  It was so much fun.  We went to houses and said “trick or treat” and the people gave us candy.  Fantastic!

This is what we brought home.

Halloween is a great holiday for kids and ducks!

Halloween is a great holiday for kids and ducks!

Wish Halloween came more than once a year!

So Many Pumpkins. Halloween??

Zeb the Duck here.  Things have changed.  Remember I was just born this summer.  Nights are cold.  We have had some snow.  Leaves turned colors and are falling.  I saw many gold leaves; now these red leaves.

Love red leaves

Love red leaves

But, what is with all the pumpkins?

We went to the store this week and so any pumpkins, scarecrows and ghosts in front of the building.

So many pumpkins

So many pumpkins

Just look at these.

Ghost with pumpkins??

Ghost with pumpkins??

Mom bought some pumpkins and then went back and bought some more.

Driving home, we saw lots of pumpkins on the ground.

More pumpkins

More pumpkins

Pumpkins being sold for Halloween.  Lots of pumpkins.  Some are so big and then we found these that are my size.

Great!  Something my size.  We bought some of these, too

Great! Something my size. We bought some of these, too

Some people decorate for Halloween.  These are great decorations.  Here is the headless horseman riding toward grave markers.

The Headless horseman still rides

The Headless horseman still rides

Here is a carriage and it is on the roof of the house.

Halloween carriage

Halloween carriage

What is going on??

Mom says that this Thursday is Halloween.  On Halloween kids, many with parents, will wear costumes and come to houses and say “Trick or Treat”.  These kids will expect us to give them candy.  What a great day for kids.  Again, I wish I were human.  I am looking forward to Halloween to see all the action.  Strange human behavior, but I, Zeb the duck, like it.

FESTIVAL OF SCARECROWS

WOW!  I saw so many scarecrows Saturday.  I didn’t even know what a scarecrow was a few days ago.

I am on a scarecrow

I am on a scarecrow

Olde Arvada had scarecrows all over Olde Arvada Square Saturday. IMG_4356 IMG_4359I learned that scarecrows could be placed in fields to scare the crows away from the fields.  The ones I saw were so cute.  Not at all scary.

Guess the crows didn’t think the scarecrows were scary either.  There was a man walking around with a straw hat and a crow on his shoulder.  Here he is judging the pumpkin pie eating contest.

He has a crow on his shoulder

He has a crow on his shoulder

Contestants cannot use hands to eat.  Quite a messy event.

Pumpkins were on the ground, pumpkins were decorated for HalloweenIMG_4365IMG_4381 and there was a contest for best pumpkin dish.  Ducks were not allowed to judge the food.  Too bad.  It all looked delicious.

Gunnysacks were available for races.  This was new to me.  Kids, and parents, stand in a gunnysack and try to run.

Getting a little help

Getting a little help

Looked crazy, but everybody seemed to be having fun.  As I attend more festivals I am sure I will see more of these games.  Remember, I was only born this summer.

A tractor pulled a hay wagon and the kids and parents could ride on the hay wagon.

This looks fun

This looks fun

We even saw a few alpacas.  The alpacas, similar to llamas, were adorable.  A mom and a young alpaca posed for pictures.

Baby alpaca watching me

Baby alpaca watching me

Mom alpaca had her head in straw

Mom alpaca had her head in straw

They sure have long necks.

Alpaca.  Long neck and so sweet

Alpaca. Long neck and so sweet

Lots of booths at the festival.  Many selling souvenirs and many selling food and beverages.  The pulled pork sure smelled good.  They had mom’s favorite kettle corn booth.  I enjoyed it also.

Barney the Dinosaur

The parade begins

The parade begins

led the parade of children (and adults) in costumes.

I love butterflies

I love butterflies

This was so much fun.  So many costumes.  Mom said this was for Halloween.  I have never experienced Halloween, but I am looking forward to it.  I hope you were there Saturday.  It was a great annual festival.

Festival of Scarecrows

Festival of Scarecrows