Scarecrow Festival returns to Plasko's Farm Sunday

Pumpkins, jack-o’-lanterns, candy corn — who needs the traditional symbols of fall when there’s scarecrows and plenty of fun on the farm?

That’s right, it’s time for the 17th annual Scarecrow Festival, which is scheduled to take place at Plasko’s Farm, at 670 Daniels Farm Road, from 11 to 5 Sunday, Sept. 27.

Emily Areson, who’s been organizing the free event since it started almost two decades ago, said Trumbull families can come out to enjoy the seasonal change and spend a day picnicking on the farm, tasting the Plasko’s delicious crops, and exploring the property’s popular corn maze.

“This has become a fall staple for this community — people have come to expect it at this time of year,” Areson said, “and the best part is they don’t have to spend any money to enjoy the day and all the fall decor.”

In addition to the corn maze, which features more than one-and-half miles of twists and turns, residents can enjoy games, horse rides, community booths, and crafts, like candle making and face painting.

Those into making their own scarecrows may do so by purchasing a $15 kit.

“Originally, when this started the goal was to get folks to see come the farm,” Areson explained. “From there, it’s really taken off. We have about 1,500 people come every year.”

Of those 1,500 attendees, Areson estimates more than 100 decorate their own scarecrows — a work of art they may bring home and put outside their home after the festival.

She added that shirts and pants for the scarecrows are provided for those who choose to make one.

“You get all the hay and clothing you need to decorate your scarecrow,” she said. “It’s a real family event that’s always a big draw.

“They’re a lot of fun and it’s a nice item to take home to get you in the seasonal spirit,” she added.

Areson said that it usually takes a family no more than 30 minutes to assemble its scarecrow, and after that they can enjoy the farm and its maze.

The Plaskos will host their traditional corn roast featuring a variety of foods, including burgers, sausages and peppers.

There’ll also be plenty of produce and baked goods for attendees to taste and bring home.

“Don’t forget to get your apple cider donuts!” Areson said.

Farm history

Plasko's Farm was begun in 1925 by the first generation immigrants from Czechoslovakia, Martin and Mary Plasko.

Martin was only 16 when he arrived to the United States a century ago.

He worked on an oyster boat in Norwalk for about 10 years before saving enough money to buy the land in Trumbull where he and his wife Mary would raise their family. The farm was continued by the next generation, John and Pauline Plasko. They established the eight-acre farm on Daniels Farm Road in 1952, where it continues today, as well as 20 acres of farmland on Roosevelt Drive.

In 1997, John and Pauline Plasko, along with the third generation John Plasko Jr., rebuilt and expanded the farm to not only its original purpose of farming the produce and sweet corn, but also to include a full nursery, country store, and bakery. With the intention to preserve the historic flavor of the community, they tore down the old chicken coop and replaced it with an old-fashioned barn that is now a country store and bakery.

Plasko's Farm is the last remaining fully operating farm in Trumbull.

The Plasko Family believes in giving back to the community by working in conjunction with a charitable organization Swim Across the Sound, benefiting cancer survivors and/or their families who have been affected by the disease with educational programs and research.

A portion of the maze admission is donated to St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound. For information, call 203-268-2716.