CHIPLEY - The annual Scarecrow Festival and Fall Arts and Crafts show was held at the Chipley Farmer's Market Saturday, with more than 30 vendors offering products a variety of products ranging from jewelry and furniture to wind chimes, homemade soaps, bee products, straw brooms, original art, and more. Regulars at the Farmers Market offered plants, homemade jellies, jams, pickled everything, and loaves of fresh banana bread. As they shopped, visitors enjoyed hot funnel cakes, sweet Italian Ice, and all kinds of festival fare. Kids busied themselves making “mummies” and coloring Fall pictures. Santa and Mrs. Claus even dropped by for a visit.
Musical entertainment was provided by DJ Matt Orwat, who put spin on the music from the bygone eras of jazz via 78s vinyls from his personal and Washington County Historical Society Museum’s collections. Ricky Kent was on hand in the afternoon providing a more bluegrass and country flavored musical interlude.
The History Museum and Creek Indian Museum were also open all day and saw a parade of visitors pass through. The entries in Chipley Garden Club’s Scarecrow Contest populated the green, and winners were announced by Garden Club President Debbie Mitchell.
“We continue to be amazed by the creativity and imagination shown by our scarecrow builders," said Mitchell. All the winners received a certificate to commemorate their win. Cash prizes were also issued to the big winners. Winners were as follows:
1st Place Adult - $75 Beauty & the Beast by Ashley Pettis
2nd Place Adult - $50 Fall with a Masterpiece by Sunland Art Residents
1st Place Youth - $75 Prayercrow Mary by Jaylee Manuel
2nd Place Youth - $50 Retired to the Wheelbarrow by Easton Odom
1st Place Business – Trophy I Told You Not to Flush That by Wood-N-Water
2nd Place Business – Certificate Youth @ Play by Wausau Youth Recreation
People’s Choice - $50 It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Washington Co. Public Library
Garden Club Special - $25 Queen of the Harvest by Kelsey Odom
Funniest - The Farmer by Mattie Kolmetz
Recycling - Hurricane Irma by Karen Roland
Most Unusual - Ms. Doily by Kim Patterson
Scariest - David & Goliath Giant Crow by Josh Rudd
Sweetest - It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Washington Co. Public Library
“I do believe we have thoroughly welcomed Fall to Chipley today," said Historical Society Museum Director Dorothy Odom on Saturday. "We are so blessed to have the Farmers Market Pavilion – it’s a wonderful location for events such as this. Just a reminder, if anyone didn’t make it through the museums today, we welcome visitors from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Friday and from 9 a.m. until noon on first Saturdays."
As the sun set over the railroad tracks, vendors packed up, and the scarecrows wandered off to fields afar. Chipley Garden Club’s scarecrow collection will be on display around town until mid-October at which time they, too, will wander off until next Fall.