The contest, open to Wilton based businesses, organizations, clubs and families, will challenge participants to construct creative scarecrows to be displayed during the last two weeks of October in Wilton Center. The scarecrows will be attached to seventy-five town lampposts beginning October 18th. A panel of judges will award top honors to five entries.
The scarecrow project was originally 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. First Selectman Bill Brennan commented, “With the overwhelming success of previous years Scarecrow Fest, we look forward with great anticipation to this year’s entries.”
Wilton’s 3rd Annual Scarecrow Fest will run in tandem with the Chamber’s Pumpkin Parade and Trick-or-Treat Walk on Saturday, October 26th, and the annual Halloween Hustle 5K and Scarecrow Scamper Kids’ Run on Sunday, October 27th. 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 from the Wilton Chamber’s website, located at www.wiltonchamber.com, and will be limited to the first seventy-five entries postmarked by October 4th. Scarecrow kits will be available at Trackside on October 8th through October 11th from 10am-4pm. 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 October 18th and will remain through November 1st. Judging will be completed and winners announced at the Pumpkin Parade at 2pm on Saturday, October 26th. The Scarecrow Fest, Pumpkin Parade, and Halloween Hustle 5K + Scarecrow Scamper Kids’ Run events are sponsored by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce.
About the Wilton Chamber of Commerce
The Wilton Chamber of Commerce engages its members in the pursuit of excellence and economic growth by fostering an innovative business environment though education, advocacy, and promoting commerce. The Chamber’s mission is to advance the commercial and civic interests of the Town of Wilton. For more information about Chamber membership or events, call 203.762.0567 or visit www.wiltonchamber.com.