BERLIN - The 14th annual Scarecrow Festival will run by the Berlin Parks and Recreation Department is returning and will be held from Tuesday, Oct. 14 through Tuesday, Oct. 30.
The competition works by having participants submit their scarecrow ideas to the Parks and Recreation Department. The department will then notify contestants of where they can set them up near the store fronts on the business section of Farmington Avenue and in Volunteer Park, which is at the intersection of Farmington Avenue and Porters Pass.
The scarecrows must be free standing or have the ability to be secured to a post, stated the release. “Scarecrows can be scary, but no violent items or themes,” the release stated.
New this year is the judging aspect with winners being chosen solely by the public. Individuals can vote for which scarecrow they like best one time for each of the five categories: adult organizations, businesses, children organizations, families and Berlin’s Best Scarecrow. Prizes will be awarded in all categories. The prizes are cash and are sometimes donated back by the winning families to organizations, or given in the form of gift cards to Berlin businesses.
Votes can be cast at the Berlin Community Center, 230 Kensington Road; Berlin Senior Center, 33 Colonial Drive, and the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, 234 Kensington Road. Voting will be open from Monday, Oct. 15 at noon through Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m.
“Look for Scarecrow photos on the Town of Berlin’s Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/TownBerlinCT ) or get a closer look by strolling down Farmington Avenue to see which creative scarecrows you will cast your vote for,” the release said.
Registration will be accepted at the Berlin Parks and Recreation Department office in the Berlin Community Center, 230 Kensington Road, up until Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. The office is open Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Registration can be done online through the department’s WebTrac program found at www.town.berlin.ct.us .
The entry fee is $20 to cover the cost of running the event and prizes. Checks should be made out to the Town of Berlin.
The winners will be announced on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.