Event planners say last year’s Scarecrow Festival in Nibley brought out about 1,000 people, and they hope this year will be bigger and better.

The second annual Scarecrow Festival at the Morgan Farm, near 750 West and 2680 South in Nibley, begins today and continues through Monday.  

The festival is a free family event that runs from dusk to dark. It was inspired by Nibley’s sister city’s Scarecrow Festival in North Nibley, in the United Kingdom.

This year’s theme is "Proud to be an American," and some of the scarecrows that will be making an appearance are Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Betsy Ross, Neil Armstrong and more.

The Morgan Farm was purchased with hopes of preserving a place in Nibley that reminds people of the city’s agricultural heritage.

“Our Scarecrow Festival helps us achieve this goal,” said City Councilman Bryan Hansen.

This event is also hosted in conjunction with the city’s Get-a-Brain Read-a-thon — a reading competition conducted within the three elementary schools in Nibley: Heritage, Nibley and Thomas Edison South.

Last year, students read more than 500,000 minutes during the event. Nibley Elementary won the Read-a-thon in 2012.

The Read-a-thon started Tuesday and winners will be announced Monday evening at the Scarecrow Festival at the Morgan Farm.

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