by Lisa Tome
If "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" a tiny town in South Carolina should be very pleased with Elkton right now.
The county seat has taken a contest idea from South Carolina and adopted it for their very own.
For the first time ever, there will be scarecrows on Elkton's Main Street. "The idea was originally brought to us from (a staffer at) McCool Insurance. Another town did that and we needed someone to push it forward here," said Jessica Price from Elkton's Chamber/Alliance, the organization hosting Scarecrows on Main.
Individuals, organizations, and businesses are being asked to create and build a scarecrow which will be placed on a light pole on Main Street.
"We don't want it to be scary. They can be funny, lovable, or cute," said Price.
Scarecrows can be created from any materials that you wish.
They must be four to seven feet high and may contain an advertisement for a business as long as the ad doesn't exceed 11 by 17 inches.
The scarecrows should also be designed to withstand the weather without losing parts. Those who create a scarecrow are also asked to check it and maintain it during the time it is on display.
The scarecrows must be completed and hung by October 6. The judging will be on October 26.
The winners of the contest will be announced during the Elkton Halloween Parade on October 27.
Prizes during the the inaugural year will be ribbons and bragging rights. The prizes may become larger in the future.
Members of the public will be asked for their vote for winners on social media.
For more information about the scarecrow contest contact the Elkton Chamber/Alliance at 410-398-5076 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org.