By KAROLYN GEPHART
The 3rd annual Downtown Friendswood Scarecrow Contest and Walk is Oct. 20 through Nov. 10.
This fun event is open for participation to all Friendswood residents and businesses.
Chair Michelle Thompson is returning for her third year organizing and conducting the judged event. The fun contest is sponsored by Friends of Downtown Friendswood.
Downtown Friendswood businesses are asked to register their scarecrows to allow the judges to know there the business is an where the display will be located on the exterior of the business.
“It’s really a treat to drive or walk down the streets downtown and see the many scarecrows who line the streets on both sides,” Thompson said. “What makes them so cute is the way they represent the business and what it offers.”
The participating scarecrow numbers continue to grow. The first year there were 28 entries to be judged, last year 32 and Thompson hopes to see 50-plus this year.
Scarecrows were also throughout the downtown area and not just on Friendswood Drive. Many businesses such as FISD, Banfield Properties and Heritage Gardeners, to name a few, are downtown but on different streets. All had scarecrows.
Friendswood ISD had an entry and within it were 16 scarecrows all relating to education and FISD departments. The whole scenario was planned and executed by staff member Jolly Ayrhart who is now retired.
“People and businesses outside the downtown area have shown interest and this year anyone wanting to create a scarecrow but does not have a downtown address, can contact us at FDFA and we will find a spot to put their scarecrow,” Thompson said.
Thompson doesn’t just plan and execute the contest and judging, she also hosts and makes scarecrows for placement downtown in areas where businesses are not putting their own to be judged.
Last year several business owners were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey and Thompson placed scarecrows she had made to provide one for their businesses. The placed ones were not judged but added to the fun lineup downtown.
To see the participation rules or to register, go to www.friendsofdowntownfriendswood.org.
Deadline to register is Oct. 13.