Beautification Committee to hold Scarecrow Contest

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PHOTO COURTESY OF SANDRA PASAOLA One of last years scarecrow entries.

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The Point Pleasant Beach Beautification Committee will keep to its annual holiday tradition and hold the borough Scarecrow Contest this October. 

The Halloween tradition brings participants’ creations to the town gazebo at 410 Arnold Ave. for all to see. 

The contest has been held for at least 16 years, according to organizers, becoming quite a fun time for families in the borough. 

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This year will be a bit different than it has been in recent years. Instead of group scarecrows, like those done at borough schools, participants have to enter as individuals or alongside their families to make a scarecrow. 

The change is set in place because of distancing requirements and group gathering limits for COVID-19.

Despite the change, beautification committee organizers said they are glad they can hold the contest and are eager to see the creations. 

“It’s enjoyable, too, because families and individuals in past years have come up into the gazebo and everybody looks at them and comments,” said organizer Mary Steiner. “It’s an enjoyable little thing.”

“We did debate,” said Ms. Stiener, “and it was decided that, even though it’s a different format this year, we certainly had to keep some normalcy for the holiday.”

Individuals [youth] and/or families who wish to participate are asked to contact Ms. Steiner at 732-899-9176. Participants must register by Oct. 21.

Once registered the scarecrows can be created. Organizers tell participants to use their imaginations. They say a scarecrow could be anything from a scarecrow-dog to a Christmas tree scarecrow.

“Scarecrow is very loose, it doesn’t have to be a traditional scarecrow,” said Ms. Steiner.

A committee member will be available for scarecrow set-up times at the Gazebo on Friday, Oct. 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9 to 11 a.m.

The scarecrows will be judged by the beautification committee members and all winners will be notified. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: most original, scariest, patriotic and recycle/going green. 

According to Ms. Steiner, the group will not know what the prizes are until they know how many participants wish to enter.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s contest, please contact Ms. Steiner. More information can be found at pointpleasantbeach.org.

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