Town of Comfort Welcomes the Fall Harvest Season with Scarecrow Invasion and Annual Antiques Show
Visitors to the Texas Hill Country know that fall has officially arrived when they see the smiling faces of scarecrows begin to appear in Comfort for the town’s annual Scarecrow Invasion. The event celebrates the autumn beauty of the Texas Hill Country and the harvest season.
Prime viewing for these cleverly themed and colorfully decorated characters is from October 15 through November 2. The town kicks off the invasion on Saturday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the downtown Historic District with the sale of pumpkins and corn stalks, entertainment, and fun activities for kids. Miss Comfort and her court, dressed as scarecrows, will be part of the festivities.
The kick-off is a great time to see this year’s award-winning scarecrows. One of the most familiar figures of the rural landscape, these fun symbols of the harvest season become yard art in Comfort as residents and business owners compete in several categories. The many historic homes and buildings in Comfort provide an extra special setting for the scarecrows. Some creations capture the essence of fall, complete with hay bales, pumpkins and garden mums, while others display a humorous touch. Visitors are encouraged to take a leisurely drive through Comfort to see the winners, all prominently marked with signage. Among the awards given are Best of Invasion, Best Business, Best Residence, Most Creative, Best Theme and Only in Comfort.
The scarecrows traditionally make their appearance just in time to deter any feisty blackbirds from pestering visitors attending the Comfort Village Fall Antiques Show on October 16 and 17.
The Scarecrow Invasion provides a festive fall backdrop for the show, directed by Tommy and Lori Titsworth, and now in its 23rd year. It is known as the show that is “putting country back into country shows”. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the show, which is held in Comfort Park , is $5 per person with children under 12 admitted free. The booths are under cover, so the show goes on rain or shine.
After seeing the antiques show, visitors can shop stores in downtown Comfort and along Highway 27. Comfort is rich in architectural heritage and nearly the entire downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of these structures house antiques stores, specialty shops, restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts. Most of them participate in the Invasion.
Comfort also has accommodations to meet the needs of almost any traveler from cabins in the country, to lavishly decorated Victorian era mansions and picturesque creek side and river side lodging. The town is an easy drive from San Antonio and Austin for families who want to enjoy a fall weekend in the Hill Country.
For more information on fall activities in Comfort, visit comfortchamberofcommerce.com or phone 830-995-3131. Also, visit us on Facebook.