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Hot Rod Dreamworks is holding its third annual scarecrow contest in downtown Canby

PMG FILE PHOTO: DEBORAH GUINTHER - Scarecrows like this one from the 2019 contest will soon be popping up in Canby's downtown. PMG FILE PHOTO: DEBORAH GUINTHER - Pictured is Millar's Point S Tires scarecrow from 2019.It's almost time to get your vote in — for the president, congress, city councilors, and more, yes, but also for your favorite scarecrow.

Hot Rod Dreamworks is holding its third annual Scarecrow Contest in downtown Canby.

Businesses already have registered and constructed their scarecrow creations, which will be popping up on Second and Third streets next week. Your job is to check them out and vote for your favorite.

You can do so by scanning the QR code on the sign of your favorite scarecrow, by visiting, or by calling 503-266-6511.

Despite the pandemic canceling or altering a plethora of events this year, it has had little effect on the scarecrow contest, other than halting the selfie contest portion.

"We used to encourage people to take a selfie with the scarecrows," said Shannon Allee of Hot Rod Dreamworks, the mastermind behind the contest. "Obviously, I'm not going to encourage that. I could see that being an issue for people."

Still, there will be four winners in the contest — first ($200), second ($100) and third ($50) places based on online voting as well as a Hot Rod pick ($50).

And there are plenty of scarecrows to choose from. Allee said she was surprised by the number of entries despite the circumstances.

Allee started the contest in 2018 as a way to encourage folks to visit Canby's downtown businesses. The goal remains.

"For me … (it's) bringing recognition to businesses," Allee said. "This is a hard time for any small business. … It doesn't matter what industry you're in."

Fortunately, the scarecrow contest is a fun and cheap way for businesses to get their names out there. For just the price of the materials to build their scarecrow and an optional $5 weatherproof sign, businesses have a way to engage with their community.

"I couldn't do this without all the businesses that participate, so, I really appreciate them," Allee said. "My daughter loves this."

Allee said she encourages people in the community to not only enjoy the scarecrows and vote for a favorite, but also to shop locally.

For businesses that missed out on registering for the scarecrow contest, fear not, the snowman contest is close behind. Spoiler alert, it may be more open-ended this year.

"This year, I may not even do snowmen; I may do any Christmas theme — like if they want to do just a tree, or they want to do a snowman," Allee said. "I may just open it up and say, 'You have this much space. Go to town."

Kristen Wohlers
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