Contributed ¦ September 12, 2016
COSHOCTON – Clary Gardens, located at 588 W. Chestnut Street in Coshocton, is hosting Coshocton’s First Annual Scarecrow Contest. Scarecrow creation and competition is encouraged between local agencies, school groups, businesses, organizations, and families.
Once you’ve constructed a scarecrow to be on display, contact Clary Gardens to set up a time to erect the scarecrow along the garden trail – Scarecrow registration and garden placement can occur no later than Thursday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m.
Some scarecrow considerations should include:
- Constructing your scarecrow with materials that will withstand the elements for a minimum of five weeks – scarecrows will be on display the entire month of October.
- Using strong posts, rods, or stakes for easy positioning;
- Scarecrow judging will be conducted by representatives from the Clary Gardens Board of Directors, the City, County, Soil and Water Conservation District, OSU-Extension, and the County Chamber of Commerce;
- Winners will be notified mid-month and published in local media
- Judges will use a scoring rubric that includes criteria, when applicable, such as: artistry (creativity or originality), appropriate business promotion, and attention to detail
- Participants can enter scarecrows in one of four categories: Traditional, Artistic, Children’s, or Amateur
- Most importantly, call ahead to RSVP your scarecrow drop-off and set-up so staff can set aside time to assist in scarecrow placement if needed.
To join in on the fun, participants must submit the required registration information and a $25 tax deductible registration fee to Clary Gardens – All 2016 scarecrow funds from this event will fund capital improvements in the children’s garden at Clary’s.
Get your creative juices flowing and get in on the fun! Contact Clary Gardens today at 740-622-6524; visit the garden’s Facebook page; or www.ClaryGardens.org for more information and official rules and registration. The Coshocton Scarecrow Trail will be free and open to the public the entire month of October, to view these fall community creations.