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Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Nova Scotia

“What the heck are those?” we both blurted in unison. My husband and I were startled by the eery greeting of scarecrows welcoming us to Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. Their toothy grins and haunting stares were a combination of kitschy and creepy.

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Nova Scotia

Garish and gaudy, these handcrafted scarecrows are everywhere this time of year at the 21st anniversary of the Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival. Serendipitous timing landed us at the tail end of this autumn celebration in this charming South Shore town.

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Nova Scotia

Kiss the Cod!!!

An ordinarily sleepy town of 900 residents bursts with an estimated 10 000 visitors during the weekend activities of the Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival which include crafts, games, live music and antiquing.

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Nova Scotia

Every seaside town needs a local mer-pumpkin

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Nova Scotia

I think these guys are trying to trick us. All will be revealed next season…

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island’s princess – Anne of Green Gables

Prepping for the Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival, local artists and volunteers designed, stitched and painted over 250 scarecrows. Through corporate sponsorship and community efforts, the number of scarecrows grows each year.

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Nova Scotia

The stunning Marilyn Monroe and her breezy skirt

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Nova Scotia
You’ll find Marilyn Monroe and other Hollywood movie stars, musical legends like KISS and The Rolling stones, notorious politicians and even the Queen of England herself. You’ll be sure to recognize many of the famous characters loitering around town.

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Nova Scotia

Shrek, Fiona, and their babies

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Nova Scotia

Some Arendelle royalty gracing the town of Mahone Bay

Kids love the Dreamworks and Disney-inspired characters from their favourite movies.

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Nova Scotia

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Nova Scotia

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Nova Scotia

Even if you miss the festival, Mahone Bay is a popular tourist haunt year-round. The town is famous for its three churches welcoming boats into its bay and is touted as one of the prettiest towns in Canada. You’ll find turn-of-the-century homes resembling candy-coated gingerbread interlaced with cafes, gift shops, and even a craft brewery.

Mahone Bay Travel Guide

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Nova Scotia

Little Red Riding Hood and gang hanging outside Amos Pewter

Shop

Amos Pewter sells exquisitely-made but surprisingly inexpensive pewter souvenirs melted, poured, and molded in-store. This is a great shop to pick up nautical gifts and mementos including pewter sea urchin shaped treasure boxes, jewellery, Christmas ornaments and more. Amos Pewter also has locations at Halifax’s waterfront and world-famous Peggy’s Cove. www.amospewter.com

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Nova Scotia

Saltbox Brewing Company – What do you do with a drunken sailor?

Sip

Stop by Saltbox Brewing Company to down a flight of locally brewed small batch craft beers. If you have kids in tow, be sure to pack a picnic. Children are only permitted on the premises if they are eating something. Food is not available for purchase here – beers and ciders only.www.saltboxbrewingcompany.ca

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Nova Scotia

The Barn Coffee & Social House

Caffeinate

Grab a cup of coffee at The Barn Coffee and Social House. This airy yet cozy timber framed post and beam restored barn on Main Street Mahone Bay serves coffee and locally baked sweet treats from local french bakery Boulangerie La Vendéenne. Local foodie specialties including jams, jellies, and zucchini mustard pickle preserves are available for sale for home enjoyment. www.thebarncoffee.com

Learn

Pop into the Mahone Bay Museum and learn about the town’s first families, their eccentric superstitions, and Mahone Bay’s booming wooden shipbuilding industry that kept this town afloat. Admission is free of charge but a small donation is appreciated. mahonebaymuseum.com

To check out more photos from our Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival day, check out our Google Photo Album.

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