Scarecrows return to downtown Farmington

ScarecrowAfter a long hiatus, the Farmington Scarecrow Contest returns to downtown Farmington this fall, sponsored by the Farmington Beautification Committee.

Adults, teens (12-17), and children 11 and under are invited to submit scarecrows with the theme, “Farmington Goes to the Movies”. Business owners may also enter; their scarecrows will be displayed in front of their buildings.

Individual entrants can sign up for the contest at the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market Information Booth, on September 10, 17, 24, or October 1. The scarecrows are to be turned in for display on October 7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., and will remain on display through October 30. The market is open Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park.

Beautification Committee chair Larry Kilner said some really great prizes have been donated by local businesses.

“People have no idea of the amount of work that goes into an event of this nature, but it’s always rewarding to see the looks on the people’s faces as they view the crows, especially the little kids,” he said. “The scarecrows bring a feeling of Fall to downtown Farmington. There is always a hum in the air as citizens walk around Riley Park viewing them.”