Thursday, September 9, 2021

Scary season

Scarecrow contest entries are now being accepted 

Again this year, Wayne Ripple Effect  will sponsor and organize the Scarecrow Contest in the city.

The artistic and original creations are constructed by individuals, families and businesses on a pre-made frame. Each scarecrow will wear a placard stating the organization or family named while being displayed on West Michigan Avenue and Wayne Road this year. Entry fees range from $20 to $30.

Following the installation of the scarecrows, photos of each entry will be uploaded on the Wayne Ripple Effect Facebook page. Live voting and the announcement of the winning entries will take place during the official scarecrow reception in Derby's Alley set for Oct. 16.

The Scarecrow registration form includes rules, dates and fees for entry and is available online. As the group no longer has a physical location, a spokesman urged residents to register online using Eventbrite.

The pre-purchased frames to construct the entries will be available at Kurt's Caps, 35760 W. Michigan Ave. from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday.  Participants must provide an Eventbrite ticket receipt/proof of purchase to obtain an entry frame. Kurt's Caps will not accept any payments or registration forms. 

Those unable to retrieve the scarecrow frame during regular hours or who are unable to register online can email to make other arrangements.

Completed scarecrows must be submitted at First Congregational Church of Wayne, 2 Towne Square, between 8 and 10 a.m. Saturday Sept. 25. For special submission arrangements, use the email address above. 

Volunteers are also needed to help install the scarecrows on Sept. 25. All ages are welcome but adults only will be securing the scarecrows to the poles. Volunteers can also register through Eventbrite.