Fall in Fallbrook: Scarecrow Days

Creativity is on display around town, via a host of hay-tastic figures.

NOT EVERY TOWN... is fortunate enough to have an actual, honest-to-calendar season in its name. There's Springerville in Arizona, and Summerville, South Carolina, and Florida's own Winter Park. California, of course, is home to Fallbrook, a place that's famous for the many flavorful things it brings to the plate (including, of course, the avocado). But the 15 Freeway-close burg also pays picturesque tribute to the season that starts its moniker via a festival and the camera-ready Scarecrow Days.

SCARECROW DAYS... run throughout the month of October, and if you swing by the Chamber of Commerce during your day out in Fallbrook you can pick-up a scarecrow-ready ballot. Should you find a figure that especially charms you, or tickles you, or makes you snap more than a photo or two, then consider casting your vote for that scarecrow. Look for the autumnal icons to dot businesses along Main Avenue and Mission Road and a number of other local thoroughfares (there's a helpful pdf to direct you to where they are). And should you be in town on...

SUNDAY, OCT. 16... look for the Fall Harvest Faire to further enhance the air of autumn-o-sity. There are a few California villages doing it up scarecrow-wise these days, from Cambria to Big Bear to the Santa Ynez Valley to Fallbrook, which has been setting up the hay-filled cuties for a half decade. Doing a day trip before the close of the month? You can see them, and you can vote, and you can soak up the season that's in the town's very name.

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