Create your own scarecrow for Emlen Physick Estate’s ‘Scarecrow Alley’

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Create your own scarecrow for Emlen Physick Estate’s ‘Scarecrow Alley’ Create your own scarecrow for Emlen Physick Estate’s ‘Scarecrow Alley’

CAPE MAY - Create your own scarecrow for display alongside dozens of others along "Scarecrow Alley," when the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., are transformed for Halloween and become the setting for goofy goblins and spooky specters, from Friday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 4.

The Fourth Annual Scarecrow Contest sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is underway, and it's time to rally friends, family, schoolmates and colleagues, or come up with your own idea, for creating a spooky, scary or just plain silly scarecrow. Register your entry and compete for prizes, with an overall prize of $200 earmarked for the People's Choice Award given to the creators of the scarecrow that receives the most votes from visitors to the Estate.

Scarecrows are entered in one of four categories: "Individuals or Families," "Businesses," "Non-profits, Church, Club, Scout Troops" or "School Class." MAC will have wooden cross stakes and straw available for all registrants, if needed, which can be picked up on the Estate from maintenance staff between Monday, Sept. 24 and Thursday, Oct. 4. All entrants receive a four-by-four foot area to decorate, and larger spaces are available upon request. Multiple scarecrows, whimsical characters and miscellaneous props may be displayed. Scarecrows may reflect a special theme or promote your organization or business.

Visitors to the Physick Estate will be asked to vote for their favorite scarecrow by filling out a ballot in the Carriage House from Friday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 4. Friends and family members are encouraged to visit the Estate and vote for their favorites.

The deadline to register and drop off a scarecrow for entry in the contest is Thursday, Oct. 4, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Winners will be notified Nov. 5.

Prizes include a People's Choice Award of $200 for the scarecrow with the most votes, $100 in the individual/family category, a display ad on MAC's website in the business category, and a pizza party for the winning non-profit, community or scout group, and the winning school group.

Here are some tips and guidelines for making your scarecrow:

Scarecrows must be constructed to withstand severe wind and rainy weather conditions.

Use care in choosing your materials. All decorations must be firmly attached to your scarecrow/display.

Use staple guns, fishing line or string to secure your scarecrow.

Don’t use newspaper to stuff your scarecrow.

Scarecrows must be in good taste; scarecrows or displays reflecting controversial, social, religious or political opinions or statements will not be accepted.

To register, or for more information about MAC's Scarecrow Contest, call Anna Marie Leeper at 884-5404 ext. 111 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or download an application form and rules from the Halloween page on MAC's website at www.capemaymac.org. 


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