ESSEX - Essex kicks off the fall season with a weekend of fun events in the village. The fourth annual Scarecrow FestiFall starts today, Thursday, Oct. 4, with events running until Saturday, Oct. 6. The eighth annual Dogs on the Dock parade and competition caps off the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 7.
The Scarecrow FestiFall’s namesakes will begin appearing on light poles around town on Thursday, Oct. 4, giving residents ample time to pick a favorite. Next, on Friday, Oct. 5, an outdoor film screening of Monsters, Inc. is starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Music School parking lot (bring a lawn chair). Before the feature, students from Valley Regional High School’s film club will screen some of their short films.
The Scarecrow FestiFall gets into full swing on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Main Street Park, Essex. An art show begins at 11 a.m. and other events, such as a pie-making contest, pumpkin painting, and instrument petting zoo fill out the afternoon.
All events are weather-dependent. For more information, visit the Board of Trade’s website, www.experienceessex.com.
On Sunday, Oct. 7, dog owners and dog lovers will assemble on the Connecticut River Museum Lawn for Dogs on the Dock. Last year more than 50 dogs and a few hundred fans turned out for this uniquely Essex experience.
Dog participant registration starts at 1 p.m., followed by a lawn parade at 2 p.m. and then individual canine competitions in categories such as best costume, best nautical costume, best owner look-alike, best small dog, best big dog, best trick, and best dock jumping. Dock jumping dogs must wear a harness to participate.
The event is sponsored by the Connecticut River Museum and the Essex Board of Trade. Registration is $10 per dog and $5 for each additional dog, with net proceeds being donated to local animal rescue shelters. All dogs must have a 2012 license and rabies tag to participate. For more information, call 860-767-8269 or visit www.ctrivermuseum.org or www.essexct.com.