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Last year's inaugural scarecrow display and contest in downtown Canby proved to be a popular event that is back

Businesses, schools and clubs take note, it's time to put your thinking caps on to come up with an idea for a spooky, scary or funny skeleton for Canby's second annual scarecrow contest.

Open to all organizations, businesses, clubs, churches, schools and non-profits, the contest makes the city's downtown streets ready for Halloween.

Winners are selected by the community. The contest offers prizes to the top three winners, after votes are tallied online. Registration begins now at

Or contestants may register in person at Hot Rod Dreamworks during business hours. Registration deadline is Sept.27 and voting is in a 10-day period from Oct. 21 through Oct. 31.

JAMES PRESTON - The time to think about and prepare for this year's scarecrow display and contest is fast approaching.

Participation is free for all. Registrants will receive an email with instructions on where to set up your scarecrow, everyone will be required to set up their own design downtown at the spot assigned you at registration. Scarecrows will be set up between Oct. 14 and Oct. 18 by 5 p.m. Each must be identified with the name of the business entering the scarecrow (may be temporarily attached) onto the scarecrow itself so it can be recognized with its correct registration information.

The actual scarecrow can be made with any materials contestants choose. But, remember, Oregon in October can present any kind of weather so make your entry to withstand fall's various forecasts. Scarecrows must be designed to stand upright and stay upright.

Scarecrows must not contain adult, political or excessively gory themes. They must be in good taste and appropriate for all public viewers. Scarecrows deemed inappropriate or in bad taste will be taken down. Hot Rod Dreamworks reserves the right for the final decision of appropriateness.

All scarecrows will be displayed in downtown Canby attached to a tree, bike rack or light pole. Display locations will be determined by Hot Rod Dreamworks.

Business owners wishing to display their entry in front of their businesses may do so by checking a box on their entry. Pre-registrations is still required. Notify Hot Rod Dreamworks if you intend to put the scarecrow outside your business to make accommodation for other entries. Entries not pre-registered will be removed.

Voting is open to anyone and may be accomplished online. Winners will be announced on Nov. 1st by 5 p.m. online at the website and Facebook page. Scarecrows may be removed between Nov. 4-5. Those not claimed by Nov. 5th will be removed and discarded.

Those wishing to be a sponsor can contribute $100 for a platinum or $50 for a gold sponsor. That works for a name/logo on online marketing materials through Facebook. It also works for sponsors name or logo on event voting page visible to everyone that votes and on sponsor name/logo on signs posted throughout downtown.

Scarecrow Info.

What: Second annual scarecrow contest.

Where: Throughout Canby's downtowny.

When: Voting is over a 10-day period from Oct. 21 to Oct. 31.

Deadline: Registration deadline is Sept. 27.

Register: Website or in person at Hot Rod Dreamworks in Canby.

Set-up: Scarecrows need to be set up between Oct. 14-18 by 5 p.m.

Special: Each scarecrow must be identified with the name of business or organization attached.

Carol Rosen
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