Pumpkins and scarecrows come to Coupeville's Harvest Fest

"Saturday is Harvest Fest day in Coupeville, filled with all the hallmarks of fall and harvest time. Harvest Fest, which was started years ago by the Coupeville Farmer's Market as its season finale, has expanded into a list of activities that covers the town. Here's what's on the program for Oct. 14: The Farmer's Market, at Eighth and North Main Street, will offer pony rides, 4-H pumpkins, a petting zoo, pumpkin painting, a coloring contest, games and prizes. Besides fresh produce and plants, there will be a bake sale and craft booths, hot dogs and carriage rides, too. The Coupeville High School jazz band and the Old Time Fiddlers will entertain And a bike raffle will raise money for the market's Christmas project for children in need.Scarecrows - in all kinds of shapes and sizes - will line the streets of Coupeville in the Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce's fourth annual Whidbey Island scarecrow contest. This year the organizers are hoping for more than 100 scarecrows large and small, scary and funny.Other events around Coupeville and Central Whidbey sponsored by the Chamber include the final weigh-in of the Whidbey Giant Pumpkin Contest on the lawn of the Coupeville High School gym at 1 p.m. Bratwurst will be on the grill outside the gym from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dick and Linda Barnes of Pizazz Kiteworks will demonstrate kitemaking at nearby Coupe's Village, 103 S. Main, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and there will be a traveling insect safari at the Coupeville Library, 788 NW Alexander St., which opens at 10 a.m. There'll be an apple pie contest at the RoseHip Farm and Garden, 338 S. Fort Casey Rd. To enter, deliver your pie before 1 p.m. Prizes for the best all-round apple pie, the best-looking pie, and the least traditional pie. Judging at 2 p.m. followed by pie-tasting. There'll be garlic races, too, at RoseHip Farm from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn to cut and cook Hubbard squash at the Sherman Pioneer Farm from 10 a.m. until dark. Take a look at the Sherman's collection of old farm machinery, and take a wagon ride, if the weather permits. Pioneer Farm is at 46 S. Ebey Rd.For information, call 678-5434. "

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