A new fur trader encampment is scheduled to be part of the events at this year’s Phelps Scarecrow Fest.

The event will be held downtown Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Dave Klessig of Eagle River will portray Angus Holmes, a fur trader in what would become known as northern Wisconsin. He, along with his wife, Tracy, and their son, August, will help visitors travel back in time to the 1700s. 

The camp will be filled with much of the material culture of the time period, allowing the public to better connect with the past, while actors are dressed in historic clothing to help bring the past alive to those who visit. The public will be given a chance to see, touch and ask questions about the history. 

Dave and Tracy both have more than 20 years experience in historic interpretation, and the couple makes much of their own historic gear and clothing.

Attendees to the fest also will have the opportunity to visit with Smokey Bear and shop the children’s flea market.

Returning will be the popular “pumpkin chuckin’,” create-a-scarecrow cash prize competition, samples and voting for favorite homemade wine, craft fair, quilt show, Headwaters Art League displays, and a hayride through the woods. Children’s games, face painting and the balloon man also will be available. Food and drinks will be offered for purchase. 

Raffles include Coady’s Point of View Lake Resort certificates, a Green Bay Packers football basket and a money tree basket.

Walking tacos, caramel corn, pumpkin bars, bat brownies and fall M&M cookies will be available to purchase along with free chili samples in the Woman’s Club booth. 

A free shuttle bus will take attendees to and from the event, and handicapped parking is available behind the Phelps Historical Museum on Highway E. 

For more information, visit phelpsscarecrow­fest.org or call (715) 545-3002. All proceeds go to support the Phelps Library, local scholarships and other community projects.