Scarecrow contest brings color to downtown

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM.

CHIPLEY — The scarecrow invasion of downtown Chipley has begun, and the Washington County Historical Society and the Garden Club are looking for businesses and groups to contribute to the event.

“It’s a good way to get the word out about your business or club and it’s fun,” said Dorothy Odom, director of the Washington County History Museum.

Odom and Garden Club member Karen Rowland spoke to the Washington County Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s “Third Thursday” breakfast meeting, held at Northwest Florida Community Hospital on Thursday.

Chipley Garden Club’s third Annual Scarecrow Festival, which runs in conjunction with Washington County Historical Society’s “Fall Into History” Festival, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19.

“Ken Naker (Washington County Tax Collector) was the winner of last year’s scarecrow contest, and I believe he also won the election, so there you go,” Odom said jokingly.

Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded in four categories — Adult, Youth, People’s Choice and Garden Club Special.  A trophy and certificates will be awarded to the winner of the Business/Club category.  

The museum is also planning a historic walking tour of Chipley, and is seeking sponsors for the tour’s program. “We haven’t had a walking tour here since 1986,” she said.

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