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Use your imagination and creativity to enter a scarecrow in our 2013 Scarecrows in the Garden Contest! Registration open until Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
Enter our "Scarecrows in the Garden" Contest and showcase your hand-crafted scarecrow. Historical, ghoulish, or traditional, all scarecrows will be displayed on the grounds of the Robert Mills House from September 29 through October 31. The contest is open to individuals, families, businesses, school classrooms and organizations.
Be sure to sign up for the Weekend Scarecrow Workshop on Sunday, September 22 or pick up a to-go Scarecrow kit! Materials provided in the workshop / to-go kit: hay, PVC piping, string, and other items.
Participants are welcome to enter more than one scarecrow. Community leaders and local celebrities will select the best scarecrow and the public is encouraged to vote for the "People's Choice Award" and "Best Class Crow".
Prizes include cash, awards and tour passes. Participants also receive complementary tickets (2 for Family and Class entries, 4 for Business and Organization entries) to the Opening Reception and Family Day events.
For questions about the contest and weekend workshop call 803.252.1770 ext 23 or email email@example.com.
Scarecrows in the Garden Highlights
Scarecrows will be on exhibit at the Robert Mills House and Gardens throughout the month of October. Entry forms are available at the Museum Shop on the grounds of the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding Street, during regular hours of operation, Tues. through Fri., 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Forms are also available for download at HistoricColumbia.org. Cast your vote for the “People’s Choice” and “Class Crow” awards in the Museum Shop or on our Facebook page until Noon on October 26th. Prizes will be presented on October 26th during the Family Day event, which is free to exhibitors. Business entrants will receive 4 tickets and family entrants will receive 2 tickets to the Opening Reception and Awards ceremony. Additional exhibitor tickets to the Reception are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children (6-12 years old). (See Key Dates) The prizes are as follows: Two categories of Winners; Business/Organization and Families. In each category there will be an Overall Winner who will receive $50, four free Historic Haunting passes, and an award. The Runner-up in each category will receive $25, two free Historic Haunting passes, and an award. There will be a special prize for the “People’s Choice” and a pizza party for the Class Crow winners. These prizes will be announced at the Family Day event on Saturday, October 26th. There is no admission fee to view Scarecrows in the Garden; it is open to the public.
September 22: Sculpting Scarecrows Weekend Workshop 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. For $15, workshop includes a kit and offers guided instruction. Materials provided: hay, PVC pipe, string, and some clothing and accessories. Participants should bring items from home to personalize their scarecrow. This fee does not include entry to exhibit. Exhibit fees are $10 for Families or Class Crows, and $20 for Businesses/Organizations.
September 27: Entry Forms are due by 5:00 pm. Please call or email for availability after this date.
September 21-27: Scarecrow drop-off is by appointment. Call 252-1770 x 33 to schedule your drop-off at the Robert Mills Carriage House (located on Henderson Street between Taylor and Blanding Streets) . Please pin a business card or note to your scarecrow with your name and your scarecrow’s name.
September 29: Opening Reception and Awards 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Guest judges will cast their votes during the Opening Reception and Overall and Runner-Up Winners will be announced at 4:00 pm. The reception includes beverages, light appetizers, crafts and games for the entire family. For $1 you can take our “House in Mourning” tour inside the Hampton-Preston Mansion.
October 26: Family Day and Awards for “People’s Choice” and “Class Crow” Noon - 2:00 pm. Votes can be cast for “People’s Choice” and “Class Crow” at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills or on our Facebook page until noon, and prizes will be presented at 1:30pm. Other activities include fall themed games and history about fall traditions. This event is FREE for exhibitors (a $12+ value).
November 1– 3: Scarecrow pick-up. Scarecrows not picked up by 5:00 pm on Sunday, November 3rd will be discarded. Please consider pick up a “salvage opportunity”. (Please do not pick up scarecrows prior to Oct. 31st.)
Guidelines & Entry Rules
Anyone can enter! Families, community groups, small businesses, and individuals are all welcome to participate. All bases must be capable of supporting the scarecrow in a freestanding/staked manner. It is permissible to support your scarecrow by a shepherd’s hook. An easy way to build your scarecrow is to use a hollow one- inch PVC pipe. Historic Columbia reserves the right to remove any scarecrow that deteriorates to an unacceptable level during the month. Please make your submissions as weather-proof and indestructible as possible! Please do not include live plant material with your display. Historic Columbia is not responsible for loss or damage to scarecrows. Historic Columbia will provide signage identifying you or your organization and the name of your scarecrow. Please do not include any signage or flyers with your scarecrow. Historic Columbia will install all scarecrows. There is limited display space for seated scarecrows. All seated spaces must be reserved ahead by calling 252-1770 x 26. Historic Columbia reserves the right to use photographs, contact names, and scarecrow names for publicity purposes. Entries must be suitable for viewing by small children. Entries reflecting controversial, political, and social subject matter or is in poor taste for family viewing will not be accepted.
The mission of the Historic Columbia is to nurture, support and protect the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and its environs through programs of advocacy, education and preservation.
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