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Scarecrows in the Park in Bernardston on Saturday

Fireworks planned

Scarecrows gather in he Cushman Park in the center of Bernardston for the annual contest in October 2012. These guys look like they just graduated. Recorder file photo/Paul Franz

Scarecrows gather in he Cushman Park in the center of Bernardston for the annual contest in October 2012. These guys look like they just graduated. Recorder file photo/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

BERNARDSTON — Saturday’s annual Scarecrows in the Park will end with a bang.

The towns will host a fireworks display at 7 p.m. Saturday, launched from the Sandri lot just east of the Interstate 91 interchange on Church Street. The fireworks, part of the town’s 250th anniversary celebrations, had to be cancelled twice this year. Organizers hope the third time’s a charm.

There’s plenty leading up to the fireworks finale, though.

At 9 a.m., the Kiwanis’ annual 10k road race starts at Pratt Field. Registration is $20 per person, and begins at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Fund.

At 10 a.m. in Cushman Park, the scarecrows will be given their prize ribbons, and there will be pumpkin painting and kids’ games at Cushman Park. The Kiwanis will open its food booth at 10 a.m., and sell burgers, hot dogs, chili, french fries and beverages until they run out.

The antique tractor parade will begin at noon, and at 1 p.m., there will be a Halloween party with WHAI’s Bobby C. as DJ.

At 2 p.m. Lefty’s Brewing Co. will open the taps, and will pour until 5 p.m.

There will also be raffles, including one for the Pioneer Valley Regional School’s marching band, which has been invited to play at a Dec. 11 Boston Celtics game, and which needs to raise money to make the trip.

Kiwanis member Brandon Grover said scarecrows have begun to arrive, and he hopes all will be in place by the end of the night tonight.

The best scarecrow by a school group will win its makers $100. All schools are eligible to participate.

The open category has prizes of $75, $50, and $25, and is open to anyone.

Entry forms and full rules can be found at 7 South Bakery, 7 South St., Bernardston.

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