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Scarecrow contest offers big prizes


By Melissa Robinson
Contributing Editor 

  The McDonough Merchants Association in conjunction with McDonough Mainstreet are hosting a Scarecrow Showcase contest open to the public and awarding $2,000 in cash prizes to the best scarecrows.

  The contest is open to individuals, families, non-profit organizations, churches, civic groups and businesses that want to show off their creativity with a chance to win cash prizes by creating a one-of-a-kind scarecrow. The scarecrows will be displayed around the McDonough Square, in front of businesses and down several side streets. Specific spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  According to Joan Wheat, owner of Secret Garden, located on the McDonough Square, the inspiration for the contest came from a McDonough Merchants meeting.

  “We’re so excited about this and we think it will really help build community pride and spirit,” said Wheat. “Other towns do a similar contest, but this is the first year McDonough is doing it, and I think this will be the largest on the south side of Atlanta.”

  She suggests for those interested in entering the contest, to register early to get the best location.

  The scarecrows will go on display on September 22 and 23, with voting to begin on September 25. Winners will be announced on October 19. Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including a top prize of $500 for best in show and a prize of $450 for People’s Choice. There are also several other cash prizes available.

  For the People’s Choice Award, voters will be entered into a special drawing.

  “Everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing to win a gift basket worth hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise,” said Wheat. “There will be signs in the windows of participating merchants and they will have ballot boxes and slips for voting.”

  Wheat said there are thousands of ideas for creating the best and most creative scarecrows on the internet and she is excited to see the results of people’s creativity.

  Participants must pre-register and the registration deadline is September 19, 2013. Entry forms must be delivered in person or mailed to the McDonough Welcome Center or dropped off at Secret Garden, accompanied by a non-refundable $20 entry fee.

  For a complete set of rules and application. visit The McDonough Welcome Center is located at 5 Griffin Street.



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