OAKHURST — You may notice things around town looking a little more spooktacular than usual this time of year. That’s because the fine folks at Branches Books & Gifts have once again invited the community to participate in the month-long, annual Oakhurst Scarecrow Contest running through October right up to Halloween on the 31st.
The friendly competition is open to all — including businesses, schools, establishments and anyone who wants to be a little extra festive. You could even put a scarecrow in your vehicle’s passenger seat and have a mobile experience. During this unparalleled season in the Sierra foothills, locals and visitors are encouraged to visit the scarecrow sites, along with a host of local events.
The contest has grown in reach as the years have flown, even if the arms are made of straw. With scores of merchants and community participating, organizers are encouraging scarecrows to be up and ready by Monday, Oct. 8.
“I am a huge fan of October, Halloween, fall and really anything having to do with decorating, blinging things up and raving a place out,” explains Branches’ Anne Driscoll with her welcome enthusiasm.
“This led to wanting to do something fun with my fellow employees, business owners and community and create, if you will, a throw down of sorts.”
We caught up with Anne while she was scouting for Halloween lights, and she reminded us that Oakhurst Physical Therapy has won the scarecrow contest for three years running. Will this be the year and the champs are dethroned? Sierra Tel has come out strong with their arachnid superhero theme — all bets are off.
1st Place: $100 in Branches Books gift cards. This is a perpetual award and word on the street is Oakhurst Physical Therapy does not want to share! Anne says, “Give them a run for their money!”
2nd Place: $50 Branches Books gift card
3rd Place: $25 Branches Books gift card
This event is not affiliated with any entity. It was designed as a way to bring together the community. All are welcome to participate. Winners will be notified by Friday, Nov. 2.
Oakhurst offers something for everyone in the fall, including:
Sierra Art Trails Oct. 5 – 7
Oakhurst Fall Festival Oct. 12 — 13
ARTober Oct. 1 – 31
ARTober Chalk Out Oct. 20