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22nd annual Scarecrow Contest registration opens

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce will conduct its 22nd Scarecrow Contest Oct. 19 through Oct. 31. “People come back year after year to see the scarecrows around the Diamond,” said Debbie Sarault, chairwoman of the event. “They enjoy it as much as we enjoy making them.”

Local businesses, organizations and individuals will have the opportunity to decorate a lamppost on and around the Diamond.

Sarault said the contest has grown through the years to include many creative entries from the area's youth, including local preschools and grade-level entries from Ligonier Valley school students.

Registration is due by Oct. 1. Hay bales are not provided but are available to purchase at Agway by calling 724-238-6427.

Entry fee is $20 and includes cornstalks to cover the back of the lamppost and a sign with the entry name and sponsor. “For $20, we provide the pole and corn stalks. The rest is up to you,” said Sarault.

Cash prizes will be awarded courtesy of Loyalhanna Realty. The first-place winner will receive $100, second place $75 and third place $50. A community favorite will be named from ballots submitted at participating merchants. Ballots are also available at the chamber office. All ballots must be submitted by Oct. 25.

Production days are Oct. 16 and 17. All scarecrows must be in place by 5 p.m. Oct. 18.

“It has grown into an another avenue of community support,” said Sarault. “It puts Ligonier on the map.”