Fall activities will abound this weekend with festivals and events to highlight the start of October.

The city is holding its “Scarecrows in the Park” on Friday and its Fall Festival on Saturday. Also, part of the Morristown Fall Festival will be an “Old School Block Party,” sponsored by the Morristown Task Force on Diversity.

Downtown Morristown will also have pumpkins and scarecrows decorating the area.

Jennifer Gentry, programs coordinator for the city of Morristown’s Parks and Recreation Department, said Scarecrows in the Park will kick off the fall events at 4 p.m. Friday.

There will be a total of 15 scarecrows set up at Fred Miller Park to be judged later that night.

The entries are for four different categories: youth, church, families and businesses.

The scarecrows have to be weather resistant and freestanding.

“They will stay up the whole month of October,” Gentry said.

This will correlate with downtown Morristown’s pumpkin patch and scarecrows. A pumpkin patch in downtown Morristown will be set up through the month of October and the hope is to encourage people to visit Fred Miller Park, the Farmer’s Market and downtown.

On Saturday, fall festivities continue with the festival, which starts at 1 p.m. and lasts until 7 p.m.

Gentry said there will be around 20 vendors at the event, selling wares such as fall decor, homemade jewelry and essential oils.

There will be some independent businesses set up, along with a food truck and kids’ games. Homemade ice cream will also be on hand.

A big highlight will also be the block party with Stan the Man acting as DJ. When the sun sets, the movie “Soul” will also be played as part of the Starlite Cinema, sponsored by the Morristown Task Force on Diversity.

Heather Blackmon Brooks, downtown coordinator for the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, said there will be a downtown scarecrow trail for people to enjoy.

One event, usually held this weekend, will be missing.

The Fall Festival at Mossy Creek Station in Jefferson City, which was the former Old Time Saturday event, held in the Mossy Creek downtown area, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jefferson City Manager John Johnson said they will return next year on the first Saturday of October.

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