The Chipley Garden Club and the Washington County Historical Society recently announced the 6th annual Scarecrow Building Contest and Washington County Craft Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 23. The festival will be held on the lawn at the Washington County Historical Society in downtown Chipley.

During August, the Garden Club’s collection of scarecrows will begin appearing around town setting the stage for the annual festival. The festival’s main event is the scarecrow building contest showcasing life-size scarecrows. The public, of all ages, individuals, groups, businesses and clubs are invited to get “crafty” and build a scarecrow for the contest. Even more categories have been added to the line-up with winners receiving cash prizes and or ribbons or certificates.

This year Historical Society will again be sponsoring the Washington County Craft Festival. The craft and arts fest will feature local crafters, artists, and vendors offering a variety of items. It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. Santa has even been known to drop by the fest for a visit. Visitors will also enjoy live entertainment, refreshments, photo ops, and free crafts for kids. The Farmers Market will be open and the museum’s victrola will be ready to go.

The History Museum, which houses a collection of Washington County’s historical items and the historic Amtrak station will both be open all day. The Amtrak station now houses train memorabilia and the Creek Indian displays.

If you are a vendor or crafter and would like to participate in the festival, contact Museum Director Dorothy Odom at 850-638-0358 to reserve a space early. Scarecrow entry forms and rules are available at the Washington County Historical Society or by contacting Chipley Garden Club Secretary Gweneth Collins at 850-260- 4049.