Siblings Sofia Reo, 10, and Anthony Reo, 8, participated in Macomb Township’s annual scarecrow contest. Sofia made a pig scarecrow, while Anthony created a jackalope scarecrow.

Siblings Sofia Reo, 10, and Anthony Reo, 8, participated in Macomb Township’s annual scarecrow contest. Sofia made a pig scarecrow, while Anthony created a jackalope scarecrow.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Seasonal contest brings out creativity in Macomb Township

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published October 20, 2020

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — While the turnout wasn’t as large as expected, the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department held its fourth annual scarecrow contest Oct. 9.

Folks dropped off their homemade creations in the morning, which was followed by judging. The judging panel consisted of township officials.

One of the local families who participated were the Reo’s — siblings Cristina, 10-year-old Sofia and 8-year-old Anthony.

Recreation programmer Michelle Duda said one of their scarecrows was more traditional with jeans and a flannel shirt.

“We had some very unique ones,” she said. “Sofia made one out of her stuffed pigs and did a good job with the jeans and straw. The little guy did it all by himself and made a jackalope, with antlers and straw.”

Big sister Cristina Reo thought it would be a fun project for the family to work on together.

“They did stuffed animal scarecrows,” she said. “It was their idea. Anthony came up with a jackalope, so he dressed a stuffed animal, put sticks on its ears to make the jackalope and stuck hay in the outfit. For Sofia, she had a pig and we stuck hay everywhere to make it look like a scarecrow.”

It took the Reo’s a couple hours to finish the scarecrows.

Since there were three entries this year, everyone received a Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card.

Duda said the other family indicated they had a lot of fun designing their scarecrow together.

“The dad said it was a nice project for them,” she said.

In other parks and recreation department news, typically in October, it hosts its Halloween Hoopla at the Recreation Center. This year, it was replaced by the Spooktacular Stroll Through the Park, which took place Oct. 16 at Macomb Corners Park.

“It’s a glorified trick-or-treat trail,” Duda said. “It included many fun scenarios and a haunted playground.”

This was the first time the department hosted the socially distanced walk.

“It was a continuous one-way stroll where they went on a quarter-mile path,” Duda said. “It wasn’t too spooky.”

In September, after being closed for almost half a year, the Recreation Center opened at 25% capacity.

“We’re ready for business with everything spaced out around the building,” Duda said. “People are slowly coming back.”

In the summer, Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Director Sal DiCaro said he and the staff hope everyone comes back, and he wanted folks to realize it’s doing everything possible to keep the center a safe, clean and family-friendly facility.

The department’s next main event is the Macomb Township Holiday Tree Lighting Dec. 1.

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