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The Lemont Junior Woman’s Club is hosting proud to partner with the Lemont Township to bring you our annual Scarecrow Trail.  

Lemont Scarecrow Contest: “Games” Scarecrows

Registration/Entry dues: Complete the application by September 14, 2019 via Google form below or print and mail it to Lemont Junior Woman’s Club (address listed on the application). There is a $25 entry fee for organizations/families/individuals and $50 entry fee for businesses due with the application.

Scarecrow pick-up location & times: Six foot tall structure (in the shape of a cross) is provided to build your Scarecrow on.  You can pick-up your scarecrow at the Lemont Community Center at 16300 Alba St. on Saturday, September 14th, 12:30-3pm

Scarecrow drop-off location & times: Scarecrows are due on Saturday October 5th 1230-3pm.  Please bring your completed scarecrows to the Lemont Community Center at 16300 Alba St.

The six-foot scarecrow will be placed over a post pre-staked in the Sanctuary. This makes installation of your ‘crow easier and provides support to hold your crow up. A sign indicating the name and builder of the scarecrow will be provided and installed by The Lemont Township.

Scarecrows should be complete (or nearly finished) by installation day.  You are welcome to stay in the Sanctuary as long as you like to prepare your ‘crow. Please bring all tools and supplies needed to install your ‘crow.  Scarecrow locations are not decided on until installation day.

Voting/Awards dates: Scarecrow voting starts October 5th and runs through October 20th. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be selected by the public’s popular vote. Winners will be contacted by October 24th, and will win a cash prize.

Scarecrow Removal: Scarecrows must be removed by November 4th. Scarecrows not picked up by November 4th, will be discarded. Consider pick up a recycling opportunity. Remember, your scarecrow will not be in great shape after a month in the sanctuary.

Any questions please contact Kate Carey at (708) 341-4223

Guidelines & Entry Rules

  • Any organization, non-profit, individual, family, school, or business is welcome to participate. Entries must be original and not pre-made.
  • Three top winners will be chosen by popular vote from the public. Each entry must include a scarecrow & scarecrow name.
  • All bases will be provided by The Lemont Township and will be capable of supporting the scarecrow in a freestanding or seated manner.
  • The Lemont Township reserves the right to remove any scarecrow that deteriorates to an unacceptable level during the month. Please make your submission as weather-proof and indestructible as possible!
  • The Lemont Township is not responsible for loss or damage to scarecrows while on display or in the drop-off/pick-up areas. Please do not use valuable materials/objects as the scarecrows will not be monitored.
  • The Lemont Township will provide identifying signage for your scarecrow and install all scarecrows.
  • Do not include live plant material, mulch, Tiki torches, flammable objects or gas/electric powered generators with your entries.
  • No handouts, promotional material or free giveaways can be associated with your entry.
  • The Lemont Township & The Lemont Junior Woman’s Club reserves the right to use photographs, organization names, contact names and scarecrow names for publicity purposes.
  • Entries must be suited for viewing by small children. Entries that are controversial, commercial, political or graphic (sexual/gory/scary) in nature will not be accepted.

TIPS FOR MAKING SCARECROWS

  • Scarecrows will be subject to the weather for one month, so they need to be constructed with weather-resistant materials and scotch guarded. Clothing that does not fade easily, such as nylon and polyester hold up better than cotton.
  • Stuffing can be anything, but newspaper or water-soluble peanuts will not work or hold up to weather. Plastic bags hold up for months. Newspaper can be placed inside plastic bags for stuffing.
  • These ‘crows stay out in the Sanctuary so make sure everything is secure. There should be no loose items on your scarecrow. Secure all items by sewing, nailing, or using waterproof adhesive. Sewing is best, but large safety pins or staples will work well. Clear tape will not hold up to weather, but colored electrical tape works well. Remember the wind will blow anything not secured well and can rip things pinned at corners.
  • There should be no loose accessories to be placed near or around your scarecrow. Everything must be attached to your scarecrow.
  • Avoid using food or other substances that may attract wildlife.
  • Facial expression is the first thing a viewer will notice. For the head options could be an old milk jug, gourd, and pot, wood, ball, pillowcase, or burlap bag (with painted or sewed on face).
  • Ideas for hair: yarn, broom, corn, shredded plastic, moss, raffia, or old mop head
  • Clothes are usually the easiest part and FREE- or nearly so. Check out thrift stores for colorful, cheap clothing and accessories.
  • Remember the details-a glittering pair of high-heeled shoes, for example, will make all the difference.
  • Do not use latex gloves, as they quickly disintegrate outdoors. Gloves can be used for hands and stuffed and then covered in electrical tape to help them hold up to weather.
  • Spray Scotch guard inside and out of clothes to prevent mildew, and on all items. paper mache, even with scotch guard will not last the whole

Thank you for supporting Lemont’s Scarecrow Trail!!! We could not bring this display to the community without your generous participation!