Annual Downtown Scarecrow contest to begin Oct. 17

As you start your drive down Main Street in mid-October, you will be welcomed by scarecrows lining the way. Just in time for downtown Harvest Fest, you will have a chance to create your own scarecrow to be a part of this invasion! Do you want a chance to showcase your creative skills? Do you have a business or nonprofit that you want to advertise in a fun way along Main Street in Downtown Calhoun? Here is your chance by becoming a part of the Scarecrow Invasion.

This year, Gordon County Young Farmers have partnered with FFA students from Calhoun High School and Sonoraville High School. Both schools have been very successful in their FFA programs with students competing on area, state, and national levels. The money raised from this event will help FFA students with travel expenses to various competitions and conventions

To enter the annual Downtown Scarecrow Contest, come by the Downtown Depot on Tuesday, Oct. 17 or Thursday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Depot is located at 109 S. King St. in downtown Calhoun. Here you can pay your registration fee: $30 to build your own scarecrow or $60 to have local FFA students build your scarecrow and receive the instructions on where to place your scarecrow for the world to see.

We will provide the frame, head, straw and some decorations. Please bring long pants, a long sleeve shirt, and any preferred decorations, along with your sign to advertise your business.

The top three winners will be based on popular votes. The votes are $1 each and the money will go toward local FFA chapters. Businesses with scarecrows may have voting set up in their store for their scarecrow or you may stop at the Depot to place your vote. Just drop by during business hours through Tuesday, Oct. 31 to place your vote.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Winners will receive bragging rights and a monetary prize. The scarecrow building is open to everyone from individuals and families to non-profits to businesses.