ShareThis Page

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.”

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.