Sep 22 2011
CAPE MAY- Spooky, scary or just plain silly scarecrows are needed to help transform the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., for the Halloween season.
The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is looking for homemade scarecrows for this year’s Scarecrow Alley – a collection of macabre, zany and scary scarecrows that will decorate the Emlen Physick Estate grounds from Oct. 14 to Nov. 1. Scarecrows range from ghoulishly gruesome to foolishly funny, and individuals or teams participate. Bring your best ideas and execute them either off-site or on the grounds at this year’s Scarecrow Workshop, Oct. 8 (rain date Oct. 9) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enter your finished creation by the deadline for a chance to win prizes.
Participants enter a scarecrow in one of four categories: “Individuals or Families,” “Businesses” “Non-profits, Church, Club, Scout Troops” or “School Class.” MAC maintenance staff will have straw available Saturday, Sept. 26 through Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Estate and provide support stakes for registered entrants, if needed.
All entries receive a 4-feet-by-4-feet area to decorate and larger spaces are also available. Multiple scarecrows, whimsical characters and/or miscellaneous props may be displayed. Entries may reflect a special theme or promote an organization or business but will not represent controversial, social, religious or political opinions or statements or use bad taste. Entrants are asked to construct scarecrows to withstand the weather by using care in choosing material and avoiding newspaper for stuffing, and attaching decorations firmly. A title is required for voting purposes and accuracy.
MAC will place a sign at each display to announce the scarecrow’s title and creators’ name, business, organization, school or club affiliation. Visitors to the Physick Estate will be asked to vote for their favorite scarecrow by filling out a ballot in the Carriage House on the grounds of the Estate. Friends and family members are encouraged to visit the Estate and vote.
The deadline to register and drop off a scarecrow for entry in the contest is Wednesday, Oct. 5. Scarecrows will be on display from Friday, Oct. 14 through Tuesday, Nov. 1. Prizes include a People’s Choice Award of $200 for the scarecrow with the most votes, $200 in the individual/family category, a display ad on MAC’s Web site in the business category and a pizza party for the winning non-profit, community, scout or school group.