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The Stevensville Scarecrow Festival is back—and it’s bigger and better than ever.

The fall festival officially gets underway Friday, Oct. 4, from 4 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 5, starting at 10 a.m.

This year’s festival features 55 scarecrows, which sets a new record. The scarecrows are created by local businesses, nonprofits, families and kids. People who attend can vote for their favorites.

The fun doesn’t stop there. The festival also includes living statues and activities for kids like carved pumpkin contest, straw bale maze, bouncy house, giant slide, horse-drawn wagon rides and a pet costume contest.

There is a Brewfest Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. with live music, 20 craft beers, cider, premium wines, alcohol-free kombucha and local food. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the event, including a cool Scarecrow Brewfest glass and unlimited beverage samples. Buy tickets online at ScarecrowFestival.org, at the Main Street office, at Burnt Fork Market in Stevensville, or Pattee Creek Market in Missoula.

The Oktoberfest Gang kicks off the Brewfest at 3 p.m. with authentic Oktoberfest music, followed by the band Mudslide Charley from 5:15 to 8 p.m. with house rockin' roots music creating a musical gumbo that rattles bones and loosens limbs.

Scarecrow Festival headline sponsors include the Stevensville Main Street Association, Western Building Centers, First Security Bank and Burnt Fork Market.

For more information, visit ScarecrowFestival.org, or call the Main Street Association office, 406-777-3773.

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