WILTON, Conn. — The Wilton Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the town and Trackside Teen Center, is preparing to host its third Annual Scarecrow Fest.
The contest, open to Wilton-based businesses, organizations, clubs and families, challenges participants to construct creative scarecrows to be displayed during the last two weeks of October in Wilton Center.
The scarecrows will be attached to 75 town lampposts beginning Oct. 18. A panel of judges will award top honors to five entries.
The scarecrow project originally was proposed by First Selectman Bill Brennan in 2011 as a means to attract retail shoppers and visitors to Wilton Center to stroll along the sidewalks with family and friends to view the imaginative straw men (and women) during the last half of October.
“With the overwhelming success of previous years Scarecrow Fest, we look forward with great anticipation to this year’s entries,” Brennan said in a statement.
Wilton’s 3rd Annual Scarecrow Fest will take place in tandem with the chamber’s Pumpkin Parade and Trick-or-Treat Walk on Oct. 26 and the annual Halloween Hustle 5K and Scarecrow Scamper Kids’ Run on Oct. 27.
The October “Hallo-weekend” trifecta promotes Wilton Center as a vibrant destination to shop and dine, while participating in family-friendly community events.
Official rules and entry forms can be downloaded here and will be limited to the first 75 entries postmarked by Oct. 4. Scarecrow kits will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 to 11 at Trackside. The kits, which will sell for $30, include wooden post frames and hay.
Scarecrows may represent a business or group’s identity or be decorated just for fun. Scarecrows will be installed on Wilton Center lampposts on or about Oct. 18 and will remain through Nov. 1. Judging will be completed and winners announced at the Pumpkin Parade at 2 p.m. Oct. 26.
The Scarecrow Fest, Pumpkin Parade, and Halloween Hustle 5K + Scarecrow Scamper Kids’ Run events are sponsored by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce.