Annual Great Scarecrow Festival & Antique Fair

Preparations are already under way for the 2014 Festival,

scheduled for October 3 to 5.

The 2013 Scarecrow Festival and Antique Fair was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who made the trip to our beautiful seaside town of Mahone Bay. We had the most amazing warm, sunny weather and a record-breaking crowd. 

We have some winners to congratulate!

The winners of the 2013 Great Pumpkin Carving and Decorating competition were:

Category 14 to Adult

1st prize:  Nancy McCarthy – “Africa”

2nd prize:  Zachory Domingues – “Cobra”

3rd prize:  Pat Beaton – “Pumpkin with Small Pumpkin in Mouth”

Best Carved Ensemble:  “Settlers Museum”

Category 8 to 13 years

Funniest Pumpkin – Evelynne Marchand 

Scariest Pumpkin – Soheil Ghaffari 

Most Creative Pumpkin – Reese Stuart

Honourable Mention – Froya Smith

 Category 4-7 years

Funniest Pumpkin – Gabriel Duffney

Scariest Pumpkin – Lily Carrigan

Most Creative Pumpkin – Sadie Carrigan

Honourable Mention – Luca Annable

And the winners of the 2013 ScarecrowDecorating competition were:

1st prize residential: The McCarthy Family

Honorable mention: Rebecca Fisk and Joanne Hubley

1st prize business: Valentino's Ristorante

Honorable mention: Cocoa Organic Spa

Congratulations to the winners and a huge thank you to everyone who took part. Carving pumpkins and making scarecrows takes a lot of time and effort and we truly appreciate your effort.

Our scarecrows were featured in the Amazing Race Canada! Mahone Bay and Lunenburg hosted an episode of the popular TV show and contestants had to recreate these four colourful scarecrows — some with more success than others! 

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With a focus on kids and families this year, there were unique kids activities sponsored by the Atlantica Hotel and Marina, Oak Island and featuring live entertainment and music, crafts, and a Mad Science show, all at no charge. These activities were so popular we plan to do the same and more in 2014.

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Online updates

Follow us on Facebook (Mahone Bay Great Scarecrow Festival) for up-to-the-minute news and events including photos from the 2013 festival and plans for the 2014 event.

A map of the key locations for the 2013 festival

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For more information contact:

Mahone Bay
Visitor Information Centre
624-6151 or 1-888-624-6151













Antique FairMake sure to attend the Antique Fair this year to enjoy three halls brimming with antiques from the most respected dealers from Nova Scotia and beyond. Just $3 per person gets you into all three halls. Venues: Anglican Church Hall, Legion Hall, and the Mahone Bay Centre  Friday, Sept 28, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, Sept 29, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, Sept 30, 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.