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October 9, 2012

Farmington scarecrow contest under way downtown

Votes collected online for People’s Choice Award

By Mary Beth Almond
C & G Staff Writer

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Jack McClary, 2, of Farmington, checks out the Gumby and Pokey scarecrow created by Mentobe Café for the Farmington Downtown Development Authority’s eighth annual Scarecrow Contest.

FARMINGTON — The city’s eighth annual Scarecrow Contest has been scaring up a good time in Farmington for the past week, and now the community is encouraged to weigh in on their favorites.

Scarecrow contest coordinator Patty Oglesby said approximately 30-35 scarecrows were submitted for the contest this year, which was open to individuals and groups, with categories for children 11 and younger, teens 12-17 years old, adults 18 and older, and merchants and businesses. 

Riley Park at Sundquist Pavilion in downtown Farmington was officially transformed into “Scarecrow Village” Oct. 6. The scarecrows, which were built around the “Remembering the 1950s” theme, will be on display in the park, as well as near the businesses downtown, through the first week of November.

Farmington Downtown Development Authority Events Planner Janet Bloom said the DDA always gets a wonderful selection of scarecrows each year.

“People get very creative with their entries, so it’s always great to see,” she said.

Oglesby said this year was no exception, with scarecrow builders incorporating everything from hula-hoops and poodle skirts to TV programs, movies and rock ‘n’ roll stars.

“This contest gives people a chance to see how creative the people of Farmington are. The scarecrows are really incredible,” she said.

Scarecrows were designed to look like everyone from Gumby, Lucille Ball, the Cat in the Hat and a Pink Lady from “Grease” to Casper the Friendly Ghost, Gene Kelly from “Singin’ in the Rain” and characters from “Charlotte’s Web.”

“I have a Howdy Doodie created by the Mayfair Co-Op. The face is right on, and he’s sitting there with a TV set with rabbit ears. It’s so cute,” she said. “Then I have one that was Elvis Presley when he was young. It was so well done it looks like a person sitting there. The face of Elvis is spot on.”

The largest scarecrow is about 9 feet tall, according to Oglesby.

“We have one that is very massive in size. It’s the Creature from the Black Lagoon. This one is very clever. It’s made with Styrofoam containers that are sprayed different colors of green,” she said.

Judges will critique the scarecrows on creativity, connection to the theme, and solid construction at noon Oct. 13 in Riley Park, at Sundquist Pavilion. Winners from each category will be announced at 1 p.m. and will receive prizes. The community is encouraged to vote for their favorite through Oct. 13 by visiting www.candgnews.com. The winning scarecrow will receive the People’s Choice Award.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Mary Beth Almond at malmond@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1060.