Next month, birds will probably be a little frightened to visit the Sampson County Center of Cooperative Extension.
Sampson County’s Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (SCEMGV) and Cooperative Extension Service is hosting the “Scarecrow in the Park” contest. It is open for the SCEMGV, 4-H clubs, extension staff, and FFA clubs. Each organization may submit one entry. SCEMGV member Mary Burke-Bass is looking forward to the contest, which will be a first in the area.
“It’s a national thing and it happens all over our country,” she said about the nationwide activity. “We’re just hoping to spark something and make it bigger every year.”
She expressed how people would be amazed if they researched online about scarecrow competitions.
“I’m just amazed that Sampson County has not already done that,” Burke-Bass said.
Entry forms and scarecrows will be accepted from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 through Friday, Sept. 29, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. Officials are not accepting entries before or after those dates. Participants must preregister space for displaying before Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Scarecrows are required to stand upright, with materials to be displayed in that manner. Commercial made scarecrows are not allowed and cannot be larger than 6-by-3 feet. Construction should be durable for severe weather and entries should be monitored throughout the duration. If the exhibit is no maintained properly, it will be removed from the site.
According to the rules, entries must be in good taste and appropriate for public viewing. Adult, political and religious themes are not allowed. Burke-Bass added that frightening, scary, violent, gruesome and bloody entries will not be accepted.
“There going to be good scarecrows,” Burke-Bass said.
The display of scarecrows will be displayed in wooded picnic area at the extension office from Sunday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, Nov. 4.
Judging from three people not affiliated with organizations will begin Monday, Oct. 2, with the last day scheduled for Friday, Oct. 6. Ribbons will be distributed for first, second and third places. The top participants will be recognized during the 31st annual Court Square Street Fair and Barbecue Cook-Off.
For more information or to receive forms, contact Burke-Bass at 910-214-1963 or contact Brad Hardison at the extension office at 910-592-7161 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrations may also be made at the extension office, with the assistance of Hardison. The office is located at 55 Agriculture Place, Clinton.