With creative designs, local community members enjoyed putting their imaginations to work for the “Scarecrow in the Park” contest.
It was hosted by Sampson County’s Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (SCEMGV) and Cooperative Extension Service. Members from SCEMGV, 4-H clubs, extension staff and FFA clubs were invited to participate. Mary Burke-Bass, SCEMGV member was pleased with the participation. Eight entries are displayed at the Sampson County Center of Cooperative Extension and were judged by community members.
“Hopefully, next year we’ll have twice that much,” Burke-Bass said. “I really appreciate everyone that participated in it. I’m happy that we had eight people enter something and they look like they had fun doing them.”
After doing research about similar contests around the United States, she wanted Sampson County to have the same experience.
“We had a range of scarecrows out there and we had men, women and children to participate in it, so I think that was good,” she said.
The top three were displayed at the recent Craft Demonstration Day at the Sampson County History Museum, which took place during the traditional Court Square Street Fair and Barbecue Cook-Off. Annie Matthews, a SCEMGV member came in first place and was followed by second-place participant Kaya Kusmierczuk, a 4-H member. Brad Hardison, a horticultural agent, came in third.
The scarecrows will be up until the end of October at the extension office, 55 Agriculture Place, Clinton.
“We’re hoping that people in the community will come by, stop and look,” Burke-Bass said.
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