Scarecrows aren’t just for the birds. Sometimes they can also be great for community building and marketing local business.
The Sooke Fall Fair scarecrow contest in September is a new event, which will ease this year’s cancellation of the fair, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The scarecrow contest is open to both local businesses and Sooke residents.
“We encourage everyone to participate,” Lewers, past president of the Sooke Fall Fair, said.
The scarecrow culminates on Sept. 12 (the original date of this year’s fair) with a Sooke Fall Fair Scarecrow Display at Sooke Community Hall.
Participants are encouraged to bring their scarecrow to the hall, where the public votes for their favorite, and the winner receives a special prize. There will also be prizes for creativity and originality.
Scarecrows must be registered to win a prize. There is no entry fee.
To register, email your name and a contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org. A registration number will be emailed back to you. The registration number and a Sooke Fall Fair sign must be attached to your scarecrow to qualify.
Traditionally, the fall fair organizing committee asks merchants to create their best window display, showcasing the Sooke Fall Fair. Instead, this year, the committee is asking merchants to create their best scarecrow and display it in their window or entrance.
“We only ask that the scarecrows hold a Sooke Fall Fair sign,” Lewers said.
A Sooke Fall Fair committee judges the entries and awards the winner a trophy and rosette.
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