The contest is sponsored by Main Street Canton and is open to residents of all ages, including schools, clubs, artists, organizations, churches, youth groups, families, businesses, scout groups, individuals and nonprofits.
There is no fee to enter and prizes will be awarded, including First Place Award: $100; Second Place Award: $50 and Third Place Award: $25.
The handcrafted scarecrows will be displayed during the month of October on the light posts on Main Street and Cannon Park.
The winning scarecrows will be chosen by the public. Ballots are available at Yawn’s Books and More and Key’s Jewelry, both located on East Main Street. Votes may be cast from Oct. 2 to Oct. 27.
Awards will be announced at The Great Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27. The winning scarecrows will be posted online.
The fourth annual Great Pumpkin Festival will conclude the contest with events such as trick or treating with the merchants, pony rides, a children’s costume contest and costume parade, music, a bounce house, face painting, games and a hayride.
Entrants are responsible for bringing their fully assembled scarecrows to Yawn’s Bookstore in Downtown Canton. Entry forms are available at the store as well.
“This is just a fun contest for people coming to downtown and it makes the city festive as well,” Farris Yawn, bookstore owner and Main Street board member, said.
Scarecrows can be traditional harvest figures, humorous, whimsical, celebrity, fantasy or storybook scarecrows.
The scarecrows should be whimsical, humorous, mischievous or lovable — not frightening, according to the rules of the contest.
Those who enter are asked to bring their scarecrows to Yawn’s Books and More.
Creators are responsible for keeping their scarecrow in good viewing and picture taking condition from set-up until award day. Scarecrows must be checked each week and more often if weather is bad. Any scarecrow deemed “ruined” by Main Street staff will be removed in 24 hours.
Those entering are asked to provide a 11x7 inch sign that will be placed in front of the scarecrow and include the scarecrow’s name and description, the business/organization/group name and 30 words or less advertising the entrant.
Each person, family or group or school may only enter one time.
All entries are subject to limitations of space availability as well as the standards of display as established by Canton Main Street.
Other rules apply. For more on the contest, contact Ginger Garrard at (770) 704-1548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.