Submitted by Judy Thompson
The events committee of Mena Downtown Partners recently met to begin planning for activities that the group can sponsor to bring local residents and visitors downtown in a safe manner. The first of these activities will be the Pick of the Patch Scarecrow Competition.
Any business or organization in the Mena area may enter. The display will be set up in downtown Mena. Businesses located in the downtown area will have their entries set up on the sidewalk in front of their business. Other businesses/groups, when registering, will be assigned an area in front of a building which does not have a business in it presently.
Scarecrows may be anything “family friendly”. These custom-designed scarecrows may match the feel of the business, have some type of theme or simply be of traditional design. No political scarecrows, please.
If interested, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to advise that you will have a scarecrow/scarecrow display. Give business or group name and contact individual’s name and phone number. Complete rules will be sent at that time. If outside of downtown district, you will also be notified of setup location. Deadline for replying is October 10. Scarecrows will be on display on downtown sidewalks from October 16 through November 5.
There is no fee to enter. There will be two types of judging: By judges and by ‘People’s Choice’. Winners will receive “Winners’ Bragging Rights” trophies.
Linda Ostman, president of Downtown Partners, said this is an effort to help make downtown an even better place to stroll during this pandemic and to bring smiles to those who do so.