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Scarecrows Decorate Wilton Center for Contest

WILTON, Conn. - Wilton’s first annual scarecrow event creates a festive Halloween feeling in Wilton Center. Hanging from the lampposts, the scarecrows attract attention and beg for a closer inspection. Want to know the stories behind a few of the scarecrows?

A musical scarecrow, #33, wears a marching band uniform and carries a trumpet.  Prominently located on River Road across from Chou Chou, it was crafted by the mother-daughter team of Pamela and Larkin Brown on behalf of the Wilton High School Music Boosters.

“We had such a great time making the scarecrow together,” they report. ”It was a fun, bonding project.” Larkin, an enthusiastic Wilton High School sophomore, plays the flute in the band.

Wilton’s Girl Scouts entered the scarecrow contest with gusto. Always active within the community, the Girl Scouts are now gearing up to celebrate the upcoming 100th birthday of Girl Scouts of America in 2012. They submitted an entry in every category: Scariest, Most Traditional, Funniest, Most Creative and Best Overall. The names and themes they chose for their scarecrows honor the different levels of scouting: Crazy about Daisy, Brownie the Barnyard Beauty, Jolly Green Junior Giant, Cadette the Cadaver and Luminary Leaders.

You can find the Jolly Green Junior Giant on River Road, right next to the Warrior Band scarecrow and across the street from The Athlete’s Foot. This scarecrow is the work of Junior Girl Scout Troop 50618, fourth graders from Cider Mill School led by Cindy Finnecy and Erica Buse .

Finnecy says the group initially chose the color green for its scarecrow because that is the color of their uniforms. A troop mom, Lana Taubin , an avid recycler and active member of Wilton Go Green encouraged the girls to think “green” for the environment as well.

Another parent, Janet Nobles , who teaches at Middlebrook School and is an advisor to the Recycling Club, helped the girl scouts construct the scarecrow with recycled materials. It sports a Wilton Go Green T-shirt and wears recycled soda cans for a belt. Instead of hay, the scarecrow is stuffed with recycled items that include plastic bags, newspapers and empty paper towel rolls.

Troop members who created the scarecrow include Kirsten Finnecy , Katie Buse , Megan McNamara , Kate Ginsburg , Cassie Foley , Nicole Beecher , Sarah Dodman , Tess Nobles , Remi Taubin , Claire Wilson and Chrissy D’Elisa .

Take a look at Brownie the Barnyard Beauty, scarecrow #46 on Hubbard Road, near the Wilton Post Office, which was submitted by third graders from Cider Mill School in Brownie troop number 50051. According to co-leader Andrea Klancko , the troop had lots of fun working on the project.

To help determine the design of the scarecrow’s face, the girls made drawings and the entire troop voted on the one they liked best. Klancko and her co-leader, Amy Milhoua, helped the girls create the scarecrow. They were assisted in its construction by Klancko’s husband, Will .

The Brownie troop includes: Riley Milhoua , Ashley Klancko , Alexa Michael , Stephanie Jones, Stephanie Baptista, Ronia Clarence , Sarah Allam and Anika Bhagavatula .

Purplelicious, #35, is located near the Jolly Green Giant, to the side of Sun Nails and across from the Wilton Library's drive-up window. This scarecrow was constructed by the Pretty in Purple Relay for Life team and is completely purple. Purple is the color of the Relay for Life Event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, which celebrates cancer survivors, and remembers victims by raising money to combat the disease.

It wears a Relay for Life banner and has a purple pumpkin head. This is the team’s second year participating in Relay for Life. Last year, the team raised $2,000, and this dedicated group of Wilton High School students plans to raise even more money this time around. Any prize awarded to their scarecrow will be raffled off at Relay for Life.

The Pretty in Purple team consists of Kelsey Tecce , Emily Friedman (co-chairs), Ashley Bascom , Allison Clark , Caroline DeAngelis , Nora Dominick , Melissa Hersch , Hanna Montgomery , Juliet Gressle , Jennifer Lindner, Joanne Nazareth , Aaron Friedman , Michele Mitchell, Daniel Riecker , Paige Wallace, Brittany Brown, Eva Gustafson , Sarah Perlee , Taylor Tarzia , and Kullan Warner .

The Scarecrow Fest is chaired by Peg Koellmer and is sponsored by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce and the town of Wilton. See the scarecrows on display in Wilton Center through Nov. 5. You can vote for your favorite scarecrow at the following businesses: Village Market, The Wilton Bank, The Wilton Family Y, Fairfield County Bank, Wilton Library, and Stop and Shop. Be sure to fill out your ballot by Oct. 28. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. on Oct. 29 just prior to the start of the Pumpkin Parade Trick-or-Treat Walk in Wilton Center.

Also, don’t miss the Halloween Hustle 5K and the Scarecrow Scamper Kids’ Run on Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. at the Chamber office (located at 120 Old Ridgefield Rd.) The 5K ends at Merwin Meadows and the Scarecrow Scamper kids' run starts there at 11 a.m. The Halloween Hustle costs $25 for registration and the Scarecrow Scamper (open to ages 10 and under) costs $5. For more information and to register for the event, see: http://www.active.com/running/wilton-ct/halloween-hustle-5k-scarecrow-scamper-kids-run-2011 . To include your social event, honor, or announcement in Wilton Neighbors Notes, email Aileen at alindner@mainstreetconnect.us.

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