Autumn in the Grove contest seeks entrants
Anne Johnson is trying to scare up some interest for next week's Scarecrow Decorating Contest during the inaugural Autumn in the Grove city festival.
"I was hoping I'd have a bigger response than I've had," said Johnson, who is handling entries for the contest on Saturday, Oct. 14, in Kelly Grove Park.
Johnson said she was at a loss for the lack of interest thus far. There is no entry fee; the only cost to participants is the materials to be used in making their scarecrows. And the creator of the winning scarecrow will walk away with at least $75 cash.
"I was really hoping the schools would get involved; maybe fourth-graders challenging fifth-graders, or some friends, 4-H clubs or youth groups," Johnson said.
"If school groups or anybody is looking for a fundraiser, I'd think this would be something to try," she said.
But with a Friday, Oct. 6, entry deadline drawing near, Johnson said she had received just three entries for the show thus far.
She said she wasn't sure what was the cause of the lack of entries: the newness of the festival; lack of publicity for the contest; general distinterest or something else.
But she said she was willing to extend the deadline if people express interest to still enter.
Johnson said she was approached about the contest by Lorraine Gluch, an assistant with the city's Economic Development/Convention and Visitors Bureau. Johnson also was in charge of a scarecrow contest for 4-H'ers at the Leavenworth County Fair.
"I'm hoping if people can get on board for this, in coming years we'll see more interest here and at the fair," Johnson said.
Rules for the contest are fairly straightforward: The scarecrow can be built anywhere but must be completed and present by 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Kelly Grove Park. Entries should be "wholesome." They should be windproof. Paint cannot be applied to the scarecrow. No commercial or political signs of any kind are allowed. Individual club names are not allowed on the scarecrow. Entries must remain on display throughout the Autumn in the Grove event, which ends at 6 p.m.