This coming fall, on Oct. 07, 2023, Shawnee, OK is set to hold its annual Scarecrow Festival at the City Hall Parking Lot from 9:00 to 11:30 in the morning. Come rainor shine, this free family-friendly festivity has lots of fun things to offer everyone, including free decorations and supplies to use, while stocks last.
Actually, businesses in downtown Shawnee will also be participating in the scarecrow making and pumpkin decorating contests. The event will have a flea market plus a broad variety of local vendor booths. There will be a baking contest and will also showcase the culinary talents of Shawnee’s local chefs.
As Downtown Shawnee will be a huge part of this year’s Scarecrow Festival, visitors are invited to view all the creative crafts and fall- -themed decors on display in front of City Hall and in businesses along Johnson Drive.
Some Interesting Facts About Shawnee’s History
Shawnee’s origins have been traced as coming from the early 19th century Native Americans who inhabited the land located at the south of Kansas River. In the 1850’s, the community was known as Gum Springs and was recognized as the capital and home of the first legislature of Kansas. However, during the American Civil War, William Clarke Quantrill, a Confederate guerrilla leader and a known mass murderer had looted and ravaged the town.
Later, during the aftermath of the civil war, and between the late 19th and 20th centuries, strong and powerfully-built immigrant farmers helped rebuild the town and called it Shawnee.
Today, no other town in Kansas, Oklahoma has a richer history than Shawnee. The town is in fact filled with monuments and statues such as the life-size statue of Chief Charlie Bluejacket located in the northeast corner of Cody and Johnson Drive. The statue was built in honour of the Shawnee Native American Chief who was also the minister and farmer who led in the rebuilding of Shawnee.
The success of the city’s yearly events like the Scarecrow Festival, the Old Shawnee Days, the Duck Race and the Shawnee St. Patrick’s Parade are attributed to the townspeople’s unrivaled sense of camaraderie and fellowship.