First Annual Scarecrow Trail Event is Planned
- By MELODIE PHELPS News Editor
- Sep 7, 2016
The Labor Day holiday is now behind us, and it is time to think about fall. And about scarecrows…that’s right scarecrows which will be a part of a new community event.
The First Annual Scarecrow Trail is a great opportunity to show community pride, while participating in a family-oriented event. It is sponsored by the Tis the Season Gift Shop, in partnership with Women in Ag and the Wayne County Extension Office, and this year’s theme is “Harvest Time in a Small Town.”
Kathie Weston-Denney, one of the owners of the new gift shop, which is located at the intersection of North Main Street and Highway 3106, noted the Scarecrow Trail is open for residents countywide. It is open to individuals, families, clubs, groups and businesses.
This is how it works:
Residents can create a fall scene with a traditional scarecrow as the focal point and incorporate this year’s theme. Use straw bales, corn shocks and other items, but the scarecrow must be the focal point.
Denney noted that the local Extension Office is compiling a list of resources, so that finding items to decorate with will be easier. Anyone can pick up a list, as they begin to plan their display.
Scarecrows should not be frightening. Monsters, gruesome, bloody or scary entries will be disqualified.
Each display must have an entry number, which will help with the selection of winners.
Friends and neighbors can come by the gift shop and pick up a map that indicates where all the scarecrows are along the “trail.” They can drive by the displays registered on the Scarecrow Trail and see the straw stuffed fellows, and decide which is their favorite.
A Viewer’s Choice Award will be presented, and awards will also be given in three other categories, which will be selected by a group of judges. These include: Group, Individual and Business.
The cost to enter is $10, and all proceeds will go to the Imagination Library, which puts books into the hands of Wayne County children from birth to five years old.
Registration is from September 16 through October 1, and the contest will be judged from October 10-16. Winners will be announced on October 16.
Fees may be paid at Tis the Season Gift Shop. Or for more details, call (606) 341-0511.