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Shangri La Garden’s 10th Annual Scarecrow Festival returns

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader

 

Follow the pumpkins along the path to visit creative, innovative scarecrows at the 10th Annual Scarecrow Festival through November 2 at Shangri La Garden’s.

Each scarecrow is a product of the ingenuity and artistic abilities of community organizations, businesses, schools, churches and families, scarecrow designs range from funny to clever to wacky and weird. For sure, no two scarecrows are ever the same. 

The Scarecrow Festival is a great way to celebrate the changing season and see what talented members of the community can create with repurposed and recycled materials as well as a heap of imagination. Scarecrow exhibits are always innovative, inspiring, and kind to their world. As always, Shangri La Garden’s theme focuses on “environmentally friendly” scarecrows. 

Adding to the theme, several also encourage one to pick up litter such as Keep Orange County Beautiful’s or Village Creek State Park Volunteer Association’s. While others offer an opportunity to learn about a local business or organization in the community.

Lutcher Theater, Shangri La Gardens and the Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) have joined forces to create magical day in the gardens with all your favorite music. Come spend a delightful afternoon among the beautiful plantings, the creative scarecrows, and SOST.

A concert featuring baritone Dalton Woody, trombonist Tim Dueppen, and a great variety of pops and movie classics to compliment the wonderful setting of the gardens. Bring a blanket, picnic dinner or just come out with your favorite chair and enjoy the music and the beautiful Shangri La Gardens on Sunday Oct. 20.

Gates open at 3 p.m. with the concert scheduled for 5 p.m. Tickets are available through the Lutcher Theater at Lutcher.org or 409-886-5535 or through the Symphony of Southeast Texas at 409-892-2257. 

Tickets choices are seating with a chair $35, seating on the lawn (bring your own blanket or chair) $20 Adults/ $10 Students; children 6 and under are free but they do need a ticket. Round trip bus transportation from Beaumont will also be available for $30 through the Symphony office.

Concert Sponsors are Invista Corporation, Edaren Foundation, Natalie and S. L. Greenberg, First Financial and Trust, Honeywell, Mercedes Benz of Beaumont, Chevron/Phillips and the Houseman Foundation. 

Autumn Fair is the last day of the Scarecrow Festival, Saturday, November 2, and a day of family harvest fun at Shangri La Gardens. The scarecrow winners will be announced and awards distributed. 

Daylong activities include face painting, hayrides throughout the day, raffles for prizes, live animal shows, games and activities, live music, and of course the last chance to see the scarecrows.

The Scarecrow Festival and Autumn Festival are free admission.

Shangri La Gardens is open to the public from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday free of charge and located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange.

For more information, 409-670-9113 or visit shangrilagardens.org.