These scarecrows attract visitors in downtown Manchester
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., Sep. 15, 2011
With October just around the corner, now is the time to register to participate in the Third Annual Downtown Manchester Scarecrow Display and Contest. Last year, some 40 businesses, organizations, schools, families and individuals created and displayed the scarecrows all along downtown Main Street. This year, there will be places for up to 50 scarecrows.
“You don’t have to be a great artist to make a fun scarecrow,” said Tana Parseliti, manager of the Downtown Manchester Special Services District. The DMSSD, in partnership with the Manchester Art Association, organizes the event as a way to draw people downtown.
The scarecrows will be on display from Monday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 29. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite scarecrows, either at the participating downtown business locations or via online voting on Facebook. Prizes will be awarded during a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 29.
In order to display a scarecrow, the participants must first register by Sept. 26. Registration forms and contest guidelines can be obtained by contacting the DMSSD at 860-645-2101 or by e-mail at email@example.com. There is no fee to register. The DMSSD will assign a location for each of the scarecrows. Participants are responsible for creating the scarecrow, assembling the scarecrow in the place on Oct. 9, and ensuring that it is sturdy enough to withstand wind and weather for the three-week display duration.
“None of us had every made a scarecrow before,” said Kara Sabetella. She and other teachers from St. James School enjoyed participating so much in the contest last year that they decided to enter again this year. According to Sabetella, this year’s theme, “Fine Arts Club,” was decided shortly after last year’s contest ended. “We just had so much fun as a team,” added Sabetella, noting that it was a great bonding and friendship-building event.