A scary good time!

Parks Department’s third annual scarecrow contest


Residents stuffed, glued and dressed scarecrows to frightening perfection at the village’s annual scarecrow-making contest, held Saturday, Oct. 3.

Village staff had just finished their second annual kids’ nature scavenger hunt when crafty residents descended upon the front lawn at 380 Bay Avenue to participate in the third annual scarecrow-making contest, according to Maria Giustizia, director of parks and recreation for the village.

In addition to 30 pre-registered families, several showed up to take part in the contest, rolling up their sleeves to assemble humanoid scarecrows, complete with burlap bag heads and clothing-encased straw bodies.

Each family was required to bring their own set of clothing items: pants, a shirt, a hat (some even brought shoes). Everything else was provided by the village, including autumnal-themed baubles like square bandanas and pumpkin garland.

Some turned out scary. Some turned out pretty. Some turned out zany. Some looked destined for the beach, like “Lily,” the scarecrow made by Patchogue-Medford’s own Girl Scout Troop 2263.

“She’s Lily and she likes going to the beach every day,” said Adella Miller, member of Troop 2263, of their creation.

“Lily” was dressed in a Polynesian-inspired pantsuit with matching blue velvet high heels, a cross-body bag and sunglasses. Her curly blond hair, made with a clump of yellow ribbon, was demurely accented with a tilted black hat.

Participants decided whether to take the scarecrows home or to leave them with the village, where they will be displayed on Main Street’s Four Corners through Halloween. Winners will be announced on Facebook later this month. 


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