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Fall Fun Festival

Fall Fun Festival

Alta Vista Botanical Gardens 2024
Fall Fun Festival will be October 12th, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

2024 Fall Fun Festival

Now Accepting Fall Fun Festival Vendors!

Thank You for a Great Festival!

Join our celebration! Our 15 th Fall Fun Festival will include the Scarecrow Contest, kids’ crafts and activities, the AVBG GrowGetters Plant Sale, Music by Vic (guitar and song), amazing craft vendors and the Amigos de Vista Lions BBQ lunch….everything will make for a perfect day to share with our neighbors and members. YOU need to be a part of the celebration!

Scarecrow Contest 2023

Here are last year’s winners!

Here are our 2023 Scarecrow Contest winners!

The winning scarecrows are:
First Place:
by Stephanie Kuchinsky – Crawford T. Cobb sponsored by Little Cakes

Second Place:
by Zoe Silva – Dorothy Pumpkin sponsored by Embroidery Image

Third Place:
by Andrea McKillip – Skeleton Bride sponsored by North County Daily Star

Winners in the Scarecrow Contest chose from an AVBG Family Membership, plants from UPG, and gift card prizes donated by Lamppost Pizza, Little Cakes, and Best Pizza. Thank you for supporting and sponsoring our Scarecrow Contest!

Prizes for the Door Prize Drawing were gift cards, plants, and handcrafts from Janie Rentz. We appreciate your support! – Farmer Jones

Honorable Mentions!

Thank You 2023 Sponsors!

We couldn’t put on this free event without the generosity and support of our local business.  Here are some of our top sponsors, but there are many many more that help make Fall Fun Festival happen. Check back for more listings or see them at the festival. 

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And so many more from our local community…

Featured sponsors for the 2023 Fall Fun Festival are:
The Woman’s Club of Vista, Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, Embroidery Image, Progressive Growers, United Plant Growers (UPG), Vista Garden Club, Cipriano Vargas, Denisse Barragan, Karen & Cindy Lindstrom, Film Hub, Building Kidz Vista, and Asset Preservation.
Thank you also to:
Naomi & Bill Stein, Carolyn & Jon Anderson, Donna Weber – Anoint for Wellness, North County Daily Star, RWI (formerly known as Rayne), Shakarian Jeweler, The Jones Girls, Best Pizza & Brew, Zeke Corley – Your Insurance Place, Dixon Properties, Quality Lock & Security Services, Judy Pantazo, ADU GURUS, Henry Wright Realty, Little Cakes Kitchen, Ron Holloway, Vista Chamber of Commerce, and LampPost Pizza.
Thank you for supporting our event!

Scarecrow Contest 2023

Create your most creative and fantastic scarecrows
and bring them to the Gardens on
October 13 or 14

We make it even easier for you – pick up supplies (sticks, head, clothes, stuffing)
on October 7 or October 13 and make your scarecrow at home. 

You can also just make your own scarecrow and
bring it to the Festival.

Pick up Supplies & Create your Scarecrow

Come to AVBG to register and pick up the armature, head, and clothes for your scarecrow. Pickup dates are:

October 7, Saturday – 10 am to 2 pm
October 13, Friday – 10 am to 1 pm

  • Register for the scarecrow contest at the table and pay $10 deposit per entry.
    • Make sure we can read your email and phone number!
  • $5 will be refunded when you bring the scarecrow to AVBG for display (see below)
  • Choose an armature (sticks), scarecrow clothes, and accessories. Help yourself to accessories and
    embellishments. We will hand you a head when you register.
  • Take lots of stuffing with you! USE BAGS PACKED WITH STRAW OR NEWSPAPER! Empty soda bottles also work well. We can offer tips and tricks.
  • DO NOT STUFF WITH UNBAGGED STRAW OR PAPER!
  •  You will use your own construction supplies to build your scarecrow and give it character: duct tape,
    wire, zip ties, yarn, scissors, and permanent markers.
  • DO NOT USE SCREWS OR STAPLES! We do have to take the scarecrows apart a year later!

Delivery & Contest

Bring your scarecrow to AVBG for display and contest judging. Drop off dates are:

October 13, Friday – 10 am to 1 pm
or at the Fall Fun Festival, October 14 – 10 am to Noon

  • You will receive a 3×5 registration card with your registration number and a safety pin. Pin this card on your finished scarecrow.
  • If not previously registered, you can bring your finished scarecrow and register on those 2 days and pay $5 to enter the contest.
  • Attach your finished scarecrow to the fence around the Incredible Edibles garden. Make sure the 3×5
    registration card is visible. Scarecrow registration and construction closes at 12 NOON on October 15
    and scarecrows must be posted by 12:30 p.m. so judges can choose the winners.
  • Winners will be announced at the Festival at 1:30 p.m. and notified by phone or email.
    Gift card prizes will be handed or mailed to winners.