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Classy Car Stop Classy Car 1 SUNDAY
October 5th
8:00 - 9:00 am

Photo Contest

Bring Your Camera
Submit Your Photos

2014 Catergories Will Be Posted Soon

2013 Categories

Fun With Your Family


Fall Landscapes

Black & White


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2013 First Place Winner
in Animals

Taken By Rachel Purdy
Galesburg, IL

Thank You Galesburg CVB and
Galesburg Lodging and Restuarant
Association for your Sponsorship and support!

Contact Information For:
Galesburg Scarecrow Festival
2183 E Main Street
Galesburg, IL 61401

For more details visit:

Standish Park Arboretum in Downtown Galesburg


Help Judge The
Scarecrow Contest!

Handcrafted scarecrow display in one of
the following catergories:

1. Fantasy/Whimsical
2. Non-Profit
3. Business
4. Youth/Youth Clubs
5. Individual/Family

The scarecrows will be on display both days - judged by popular vote of festival visitors. Winners will receive cash prizes.
Be Sure to Vote for Best of Show!

Click Here for Important Information, Contest Rules and
Galesburg Scarecrow Festival 2013 Entry Form

Are You A Knox County Non-Profit?

Enter a Scarecrow and Win $500 for your Non-Profit Orginization.
Battle of The Knox County Non-Profits sponsored by G & M Distributors.

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For more information call the Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 309-343-2485

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Dozens of Handcrafted scarecrows on display;
Festival Visitors will judge the winners!

Food All Day

Live Music


Handmade Crafts

Family and
Children's Activities

Admission is Free and It's Fun For All!





History of Knox County Courthouse


Built in 1886 at a cost of $150,000, the ornate details on the Knox County Courthouse, located west of Standish Park Arboretum, and are typical of the Romanesque period. A monument honoring Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke, who spent four years during the Civil War caring for wounded soldiers, is on the lawn of the Courthouse. On the monument is a phrase indicating her importance in the war, General Sherman's quote claiming: "She outranks me."

Standish Park Arboretum


Standish Park Arboretum covers more than 3 acres in downtown Galesburg. Nearby is Old Main (on the Knox College campus), the site of a Lincoln-Douglas debate, the Knox County Courthouse, built in 1886, and Central Congregational Church. The park, founded in 1873 by Dr. John Van Ness Standish, has over 100 assorted trees, many native to the area, recently identified and marked by Master Gardeners.

Old Main


Old Main, located just south of the park on the Knox College campus, was completed in 1857 and is the only Lincoln-Douglas debate site that remains as it was in 1858. The debate, which took place on Oct. 7, 1858, was for the race for the U. S. Senate seat from Illinois. It took place on the east side of the building and a crowd of more than 10,000 people attended. The building was registered as a National Historic Landmark on Oct. 15, 1966. Large bronze tablets with the image of the debaters now are on each side of the east door of Old Main. Another bronze tablet near the north door quotes one of Lincoln's remarks during the debate.

Central Congregational Church


Built in 1898 of Michigan red sandstone in the Richardson Romanesque style, Central Congregational Church, located one block north of Standish Park Arboretum, was placed on the National Register on Sept. 30, 1976. The church covers nearly a quarter of the block and its bell tower rises to 137 feet. It has 75 stained glass windows ranging in size from 3 square feet to 1,080 square feet, made by the Luminous Prism Co. of Chicago. The largest window has three sections and fills the north wall of the auditorium.