SCARECROW CONTEST AND PUMPKIN PATCH PARTY ON THE AVE
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ORGANIZED BY MAIN STREET VINELAND
“Scarecrow Challenge” Event Partnership with Vineland Board of Education
Schools, Clubs and Civic Organizations Invited to Design Scarecrows
Pumpkin Patch Party on The Ave at Mini-Parks on October 28
VINELAND, NJ—Main Street Vineland is again planning two downtown major events for the Halloween season—a month-long Scarecrow Challenge on The Ave contest and a Pumpkin Patch Party on Saturday, October 29.
The Scarecrow Challenge on The Ave is returning this year, again in partnership with the Vineland Board of Education. All Vineland public and private schools, as well as local clubs and organizations are invited to design scarecrows. The scarecrows, situated on frames, will be mounted on downtown lampposts on Landis Avenue. Some lampposts will be decorated with corn stalks.
Those interested in entering a scarecrow must contact the Main Street Vineland office. The registration deadline to enter a scarecrow Saturday, October 7 and scarecrows must be delivered by Friday, October 20. For more information on entering a scarecrow, call the Main Street Vineland office at 856-794-8653.
The public can vote for the best scarecrow by clicking VOTE or you can vote by paper ballot in selected downtown Vineland stores. Voting will end at midnight on Thursday, October 26.
“This is a real community event—school students and adults from community groups joining in—to bring fall cheer to The Ave,” said Main Street Vineland Executive Director Russell Swanson. “I want to thank the Vineland Board of Education for being a strong partner again this year in this and really playing a major part in making this happen.”
The winning scarecrow will be announced at the Pumpkin Patch Party on The Ave, which is set for Saturday, October 28, from 11 to 2 p.m. The major sponsor of this event is PNC Bank. The mini-parks, at Landis Avenue and the Boulevard, will be decorated for fall, with hay bales, pumpkins, corn stalks, and mums. The party will include a variety of fun seasonal games, pumpkin-painting and pumpkin seed spitting contests, exercise classes, through the Vineland Health Department, DJ Zach, and much more. Children age 14 and under dressed in costume will receive free holiday candy. The winner of the Scarecrow Challenge and the two runner-ups will be announced and they will receive prizes.
“This is yet another way in which we, as a community, are making The Ave a focal point for our city and making our mini-parks the kind of center of activity for which they were created,” Swanson said. “Whether you want to enter a scarecrow, vote for your favorite, and/or come out for the Pumpkin Patch Party, your participation will help make our downtown—The Ave—the best it can be.”