“Scare”ing up fun on the Square Oct. 8

7th Annual Scarecrow Contest

The scarecrows will soon be making their yearly appearance on the lawn of the Haywood County Courthouse in Brownsville. The annual scarecrow competition will be held Saturday, October 8, beginning at 5 p.m. This year's event will also include live entertainment by Hannah Company. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded during the evening when judges have made their final decision.

The annual contest is free and open to all age groups. Judging will be in two categories; children and adults, with cash prizes awarded for 1st ($100), 2nd ($75) and 3rd ($50) place in each. A gift package will also be awarded to the overall "Most Creative" entry. All participants are encouraged to be present at the time of judging.

Groups and organizations are encouraged to participate, as well as school classes and individuals. You do not have to be a Haywood County resident. Scarecrows can be made of any natural materials, but cannot depict an actual person. A complete list of rules and regulations can be found online at www.hatchiefallfest.com.

While the out-of-town judges are busy making their decisions, the community is invited to join the fun by bringing your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of music on the lawn. Hannah Company, a local rock group will begin performing at 5.

If you have a great idea for a scarecrow, there is still time to enter. Entry forms will be accepted until noon, Friday, October 7. Enter online at www.hatchiefallfest.com, stop by the UT Extension office, 130 South Wilson, or call 731-780-5144 for more information.