The Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department will hold the Shelby Township Scarecrow Contest for a second year on the municipal grounds at 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue from Oct. 7 until Nov. 1. Voting will begin Oct. 16.

The Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department will hold the Shelby Township Scarecrow Contest for a second year on the municipal grounds at 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue from Oct. 7 until Nov. 1. Voting will begin Oct. 16.

File photo by Erin Sanchez


Shelby Township to find out who makes the best scarecrow

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published September 16, 2019

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Scarecrow Contest has returned, and its organizers are looking for the best-looking and most creative scarecrows.

This is the second year the Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department will be holding the contest, and last year there were all kinds of entries.

“Last year we had about a dozen submissions, and in each submission you could see the hard work and creative dedication that went into making it. That’s my favorite part about this contest. The ideas people come up with are awesome!” Jessica Thomas, the administrative program assistant with the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department, said in an email.

The contest involves creating a scarecrow, which can be made from any material, that will be outside and exposed to all of Michigan’s fall-weather elements.

There is no fee to participate in the contest.

The scarecrows will be placed on the municipal grounds at 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue from Oct. 7 until Nov. 1 for viewing.

“After the great success of the contest in its first year, we are very excited to offer our scarecrow contest again in fall 2019. Help us decorate for the fall season by submitting a handmade scarecrow to be displayed around Heritage Lake for the month of October. All scarecrows will be posted on Facebook, where residents can then decide which one they like best. Businesses, individuals and families are all welcome!” Thomas said.

All participants must pre-register by Monday, Sept. 30, which may be done in person at the Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department office or by sending a completed copy of the registration form to jthomas@shelbytwp.org.

Scarecrow entrants are required to monitor the state of their scarecrows for the duration of the exhibit.

Entrants must also provide the stake and any other materials needed to hold the scarecrow upright. Commercially made scarecrows are not allowed.

The township is encouraging scarecrow contest entrants to join them on the trick-or-treat trail at the Halloween Spooktacular on Friday, Oct. 11. Groups and families are invited to pass out candy and show off their scarecrow creations and hard work.

“Please help the community out and build your favorite scarecrow and have it displayed at the Heritage Garden Lake for all to see and enjoy (during) the Halloween season,” said Joe Youngblood, the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department director.

Each scarecrow must be tagged with the name of the family, group, business or individual who submitted it, and scarecrows must be delivered by Thursday, Oct. 3, to the Shelby Township Activities Center at 14975 21 Mile Road.

Voting will begin Oct. 16 and take place on the Shelby Township Parks and Recreation Facebook page, facebook.com/shelbytwp parksandrec, and will end at 5 p.m. Oct. 25. Votes also can be made in person at the Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department, or at the drop box on the side of the building.

“Participants have (an) opportunity to win a first-place prize, provided by the Parks and Recreation Department, based on the most popular Facebook vote,” said Youngblood.

The winners of the contest will be announced Oct. 25 on the Shelby Township Parks and Recreation Facebook page. Everyone is welcome to put their votes in for their favorite scarecrows.

For more information on the scarecrow contest, visit www.shelbytwp.org.

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