Don’t be surprised if you bump into Amelia Earhart on a visit downtown later this month,

The aviatrix will be among 40 scarecrows depicting historical figures and educational themes that will be lining the streets for Andover Coalition for Education’s inaugural Scarecrow Festival.

The nonprofit, volunteer organization that sponsors curriculum-enhancing initiatives across the Andover Public Schools is holding the event to celebrate the local schools and bring a festive fall excitement to the Andover business district. Designed in the spirit of Holiday Happenings and Andover Days, it is being planned with the support of many town groups, including the Andover Business Community Association.

The scarecrows, each with their own creative educational flair, will be displayed on light poles along Main Street from Oct. 20 through 27.

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