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September 29, 2013

Ghouls, goblins to invade park | Group seeking entries for scarecrow contest

Central Park in downtown Johnstown again will be the site of a scarecrow invasion as the Discover Downtown Johnstown  Partnership, sponsor of the contest, welcomes ghouls and ghosts through October.

The haunting competition is accepting as many as 30 entries to represent the best Halloween has to offer.

Categories include: youth, 15 and under; adult, 16 and older; nonprofits and businesses.

Sharyn Spinelli of Johnstown, a group member and coordinator of the event, said entries will be accepted through Oct. 14.

The entry fee for nonprofit groups and youth is $10 while other entries will cost $25.

“The displays will be judged Oct. 16 and prizes will be awarded to the best entries,” Spinelli said.

“We still have openings if businesses or individuals are interested in creating a display.”

Construction of the entries must be able to withstand all weather conditions and creators are responsible for keeping them in good viewing condition.

No political, religious or overly violent scarecrows will be accepted.

“The downtown partnership reserves the right to reject any entry deemed inappropriate,” Spinelli said.

“The scarecrows must be named and must fit into a 6 feet by 6 feet area.”

All displays need to be removed by Nov. 2 to make room for the Christmas Village, which will be moved into the park.

“The scarecrow contest signifies the beginning of autumn downtown,” Spinelli said.

The Halloween parade will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 24.

Spinelli said the contest and the parade bring people downtown.

“It’s good for downtown merchants,” she said.

“It’s good for the people who live downtown.”

For more information, contact the city manager’s office at 533-2001.

Tom Lavis covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter.com/Tom LavisTD.

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