August 26th, 2011

Fairy-godmother-scarecrowMainstreet Waynesboro, Inc. is sponsoring their sixth annual Scarecrow Contest as part of Waynesboro’s annual Market Day celebration, scheduled for Saturday, October 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event features live music and entertainment, and dozens of craft, specialty and food vendors.

Youth groups, non-profits, individuals and area businesses are invited to create a scarecrow for the contest. Groups or businesses from out of town are welcome to participate. Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories, non-profit and business.

A team of local celebrity judges will choose the winners, and prizes will be awarded during the event.

Scarecrows will be displayed on Main Street lamp posts in Downtown Waynesboro. Creativity is encouraged. Scarecrows can be fashioned to represent a business or a group’s identity, or just for fun.

“Scarecrow design is only limited by imagination,” said Margaret Schmelzer, Mainstreet board member and promotions committee chair. “In past years, we’ve had Elvis, Ben Franklin, a bride and groom, a robot and more — plus several great traditionals carecrows. It’s a wonderful way to decorate downtown, and the display attracts visitors from other areas.”

The scarecrows must be delivered on Friday, September 30 to be mounted on the lamp posts that evening. They will remain on the posts about a month. Judging will be completed and winners announced during the Market Day event.

The contest is limited to the first 50 entries. The registration deadline is Friday, September 23, and the entry fee is $10. For more information and for registration forms, call Mainstreet’s office at 717-762-0397, or visit


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