The first annual Scarecrow Contest, sponsored by the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, Artsplace, Cheshire Public Library and Cheshire Parks and Recreation was a resounding success. Showing tremendous community spirit, almost 70 businesses, organizations and families participated in creating scarecrows throughout town and on the Town Green on display from Oct. 5 to Nov. 1.
Proceeds from this event will be shared equally between the Cheshire Human Services Department to help community members in need and the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce.
Judging was based on creativity and originality of the scarecrows. Judges had very difficult decisions due to the excellent quality overall. Twenty-two winners, listed below, received their awards with framed certificates at the Town Hall on Sunday, Oct. 25.
To see photos of the scarecrows, locations by map, and the announcement of winners,
visit the Cheshire Public Library website at www.cheshirelibrary.org.
The Scarecrow committee extends special thanks to the First Congregational Church for sharing the Church Green to allow a portion of the scarecrow display and to the Public Works Department for installing support posts there for installation.
Best Overall (tie): Automotive Edge, 1174 Highland Ave., and Phantom of The Opera, James Talbott, 289 South Main St.
Best Message: First Congregational Church
Scariest: Alderson-Ford Funeral Home, 615 South Main St.
Silliest: King Kong, Kelly Krasney, 1020 Waterbury Rd.
Best Use of Materials: Lady of Leaves, Cheshire Garden Club
Best Halloween Theme: Witch & Scarecrow, Linda Libengood, 107 Cornwall Ave.
Most Artistic – First Place: Red Owl, Laurie Acosta, 205 Maple Ave.
Most Artistic – Second Place: American Gothic, Suburban Garden Club, on the green
Most Resembles Famous Person/Character: Ben Franklin, Bonnie Gaudio, 137 South Main St.
Most Creative – First Place: Nurse & Doctor, Laurie Backman, 108 Cornwall Ave.
Most Creative – Second Place: Judge & Jury, Joseph Palmeri, Attorney at Law, 515 Highland Ave.
Best Business Marketing – First Place: Mrowka Physical Therapy, 423 West Main St.
Best Business Marketing – Second Place: Brian’s Guitars, 453 West Main St.
Brings the Most Smiles: Cheshire Nursery, 1317 South Main St.
Best Hometown Scarecrow: Cheshire Grange, 40 Wallingford Rd.
Most Glamorous – First Place: Carmen Miranda, Ginni Donovan, on the green
Most Glamorous – Second Place: Irish Dancer, Karla Natale, 512 Cardinal Ln.
Most Whimsical – First Place: Mad Hatter Tea Party, Elim Park Place, 140 Cook Hill Rd.
Most Whimsical – Second Place: Beautician, 129 On Main Salon & Spa, 129 Main St.
Best Youth Effort – First Place: Fishing, Cub Scout Pack 114, Highland Elementary School, 490 Highland Ave.
Best Youth Effort – Second Place: Students, St. Bridget School, 171 Main St.