OAKHURST – Seeing scarecrows everywhere? That’s the plan for this month: as a way to bring together the business community, get a little friendly competition going and “feed a fierce love of all things fall,” Branches Books & Gifts store owner Anne Driscoll has issued a fun challenge to Oakhurst Area businesses and schools. Throughout the month of October, Branches Books invites all local area merchants and schools to participate in the inaugural Scarecrow Contest. The high-spirited throw-down is open to all businesses, schools, organizations, and anyone who wants to be a little extra festive this season.
“I love the idea of bringing our businesses, schools and the town together to have a little fun, be creative and engage in a little healthy competition,” says Anne, who loves the season and just about any excuse to celebrate with exhuberance. “I’ve already had a great response from several stores, restaurants and businesses and have met some wonderful new people. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!”
Businesses or schools interested in participating are asked to begin designing their scarecrows and position them out in front of their business as soon as possible. Scarecrows should be labeled with a name tag, Scarecrow biography, name of participating establishment and the hashtag #OakhurstScarecrows.
For example, the scarecrows outside one local business are featured with a biography that reads, in part, “Inya Fields has been a patient at Oakhurst Physical Therapy since sustaining an injury from a murder of crows.” Visitors will be relieved to know that “Inya Fields” has made a full recovery thanks to her attendance at OPT and plans to take her little friend trick-or-treating, soon.
“All scarecrows should be family friendly,” Anne says, “nothing too scary please. This event is not affiliated with any entity, just a way to bring together our community. All are welcome to join in.”
Participants are in charge of maintaining their scarecrow for the entire month of October, “despite any threat of pouring rain, extreme heat, or zombie apocalypse. The contest is mainly for bragging rights and to show this town our beautiful, fun, awesome shops,” adds the shop owner.
Scarecrow creators are asked to tag Branches Books on Facebook or call Anne at (559) 641-2019 so a photo can be taken and entry into the contest officially documented.
Trophies will be made for each category with a plaque and trophy for the Best of Show winner, along with a $100 VISA gift card. This the first of what’s planned as an annual event, so the Best of Show trophy will travel to the new winner each year, Anne says, complete with aforementioned bragging rights. High marks will be given for use of materials, space, creativity, teamwork, name, labeling, and “overall awesomeness.” Also awarded will be Most Creative, Most Inventive Use of Materials, and Best Theme Display. Each of these categories will receive a trophy and a $50 gift card good for Branches Books & Gifts.
Questions? Email Anne Driscoll for answers. Please use the hashtag #oakhurstscarecrows. Winners will be notified on Friday, Nov. 6.
Branches Books & Gifts is a locally-owned, independent bookstore featuring regional titles, bestsellers, local authors, guidebooks, cards, journals, toys, games and more.