2010-05-13 / News

Scarecrow competition raises $125 for community farm

The winner of the recent Spring Scary Scarecrow contest was “Watch Dog,” created by the Gregory family. The judge commented that he would be very scared if he came across the vicious-looking dog, especially at night.

“Watch Dog” was created from tomato cages, duct tape and an old blanket. The Gregory boys did an excellent job of painting and added the bared white teeth at the recommendation of their father.

Second place was awarded to the Siwicki family’s “Sparky the Scarecrow,” who was not only scary, but also wired for sound.

Other entries included “Gramps” by T. Shawn McAndrews, a well-constructed and well-supported scarecrow – and, as the judge saw a little bird flying out of the sleeve, possibly a new nest site, too.

“Miss Community Farm” was so beautiful that the judge didn’t think she would scare anyone. However, he was wrong, according to Dorrie Linn, who – when she received her honorable mention award – said she thinks that Miss Community Farm has kept the deer away from her hostas.

The entry from Quononoquott Garden Club could easily have won an award for the “most public comment.”

“Bert the Fireman” generated plenty of buzz in town even before his entry form arrived and comments continued to arrive in the following days. He is a super scarecrow, and has wonderful eyes. His eyelashes and moustache are spectacular.

A total of $125 in entry checks is on its way to the Jamestown Community Farm, where it will be put to good use combating hunger in R.I.

Sally Scarecrow will soon vacate her spot, but will return in the fall for the main event.

The Jamestown “Scarecrow Competition” will take place during the first week in October so save your old gloves, hats and plastic bags so that you, too, can have fun.

Thank you to all the entrants and those who supported this project.

– Judy Knight

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