“What is going on?” you ask as you see more and more scarecrows popping up all around Van Alstyne. Well, simply put — it’s that time of the year — Fall der All time.


Fall der All is the city’s yearly fall celebration, or festival, with something special for people of all ages.


Fall der All is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, and encompasses the downtown area around Jefferson, Main and Marshall Streets. The Chamber of Commerce sponsors Fall der All each year.


It all starts with a parade that will begin by lining up about 9 a.m. behind the Van Alstyne Public Library on West Cooper. Step-off is at 10 a.m. The event will go several blocks east on Cooper Street, then south on Preston Road and will disband at the United Methodist Church on Fulton Street.


There is no charge to put a float or to march or even dance in the parade, and prizes will be awarded in several categories. The parade theme is once again “Scarecrows.”


The local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America will carry the American and Texas flags in the parade.


And then there’s scarecrows scattered around residential and business neighborhoods. Again, there are prizes in both categories, residential and business. To win these prizes, residents and/or business owners should photograph their scarecrow decorations and post them on the Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. A committee of Chamber members will review all submissions and decide on prize winners.


All the scarecrow parade and decoration winners will be announced on the Gazebo Stage, Dorothy Fielder (downtown) Park, prior to the first band’s performance.


And not to worry — even the local crows are not scared of any of these scarecrows.