WILMOT – The deadline for entries in the Wilmot Community Association’s (WCA) third annual Scarecrow Festival is Oct. 20.
Prize categories are: funniest, most original, prettiest, best group ensemble, scariest and best use of natural material.
Wilmot residents are encouraged to take part in this fun fall festival activity co-sponsored by the WCA and the Wilmot Garden Club. Several members of the garden club have agreed to judge the contest.
“The Wilmot Garden Club’s mission is to help beautify the town, so I think it is appropriate that the garden club judge the entries in this town-wide activity,” said member Lindy Heim.
“In 2011, lots of people entered the contest with wonderful, creative examples of yard art for fall,” said Ann Davis, festival coordinator. “This year we’ve added categories and will present prizes – so we hope even more people throughout town will participate.”
The winner in each category will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Vernondale Store in Sutton, donated by Ann and Marc Davis; and a one-year subscription to the InterTown Record, donated by the newspaper’s publisher, Annette Vogel.
Winners will be notified on Friday, Oct. 26 so they may receive their prizes during an awards ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the WCA’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road, (next door to the U.S. Post Office) in Wilmot Flat.
Entering the contest is easy. Build a scarecrow, name it, take a photo, and send it by email, snail mail (Box 23, Wilmot, N.H. 03287) or drop it off at the WCA’s Red Barn. Please include your name, age, street address, telephone number and email address, if you have one.
“We are delighted to have Spring Ledge Farm as our corporate sponsor of this event,” said Ann Davis, festival coordinator. The first 30 residents entering this year’s contest will receive a coupon for 10 percent off the purchase of pumpkins or gourds at the farm, and each entrant also will receive a coupon for a free visit to Spring Ledge Farm’s amazing Corn Maze.
Folks who live off the beaten path in Wilmot and who would like to display their creativity in a more prominent place may build their scarecrows on the lawn in front of the WCA’s Red Barn in Wilmot Flat. Just contact the office at 526-7934 to let the staff know of your plans.
For those who want to see the displays, a tour map of Scarecrow Festival entries will be available on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the WCA’s Red Barn and on the website.
“We are delighted that Brian Faughnan, Wilmot resident and map maker extraordinaire has agreed to help us with the tour map,” said Patty McGoldrick, executive director of the WCA.
The scarecrow creations on the WCA’s lawn will greet children when they stop for Halloween treats from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the Red Barn.
The WCA office is open from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to noon on the last Saturday of the month.
More information call 603-526-7934 or visit www.wilmotcommunityassoc.com.