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Hello, Fall: Colusa gears up for harvest festival with an invasion of scarecrows
Scarecrows are popping up at businesses on Market Street and elsewhere in town as Colusa prepares to host its own harvest festival for the first time on Saturday.
"It started with just having the scarecrows up around town. I wanted people (from outside town) to come to see the scarecrows in the fall and then return every year because they remembered seeing them out there," said Stephanie Ponciano, who coordinated the event, "Then I thought that if we're going to go this route, let's do our own harvest festival. It's all about bringing business into town."
The market will host more than 20 vendors and provide activities for the children there, including a bounce house, professional face painting, a selection of pumpkins, a miniature horse petting zoo, and activities with the Colusa Fire and Police Departments. Local restaurants will also be there selling food.
Ponciano was at Arbuckle's Pumpkin Festival, and liked what she saw there.
"I thought that Arbuckle's was amazing. I wasn't born here, but I've been here for 24 years, and it seems like there is this idea that the cities have to out-do each other," Ponciano said.
According to Ponciano, however, it need not be that way: "I think we need to support each other instead."