NEWBERRY COUNTY — Scarecrows are about to pop up around the county thanks to a light bulb idea from MC Yarbrough.
The first Scarecrow Convention begins Sept. 28 and ends Nov. 2. Yarbrough said the idea is to unite the county by having homes and businesses decorate their yards with homemade scarecrows this fall.
The event is being sponsored by the Newberry Jaycees and the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce. Businesses, schools, non-profit organizations, churches, individuals and families can participate and be eligible to win cash prizes and awards.
Anyone wanting to participate should register by Sept. 28 at www.newberryjaycees.com, www.newberrycounty.org or drop by Kneece’s Car Care to speak with Amber Kneece. Participants can also register at the Chamber.
The entry fee is $15. The judging is set for Oct. 13 and winners will be announced Oct. 16.
Four categories will be judged: business; schools and school groups; non profits, churches and groups; and individuals and families. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third in the four categories. First place winners receive $100, second place winners receive $50 and third place winners receive $25.
Scarecrows must be original creations. Rubber, plastic or store-bought masks are not allowed. Scarecrows should be family friendly and should not be controversial, have a political theme or be offensive.
Carved pumpkins are not recommended but if fresh vegetables are used, they should be replaced regularly to keep the appearance fresh.
Scarecrows should be named and a small, weatherproof sign with the scarecrow’s name should be used.