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Jennings Sunday: Festive spirit lines streets

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NORTH VERNON — A total of 32 entries have been entered in this year’s annual Scarecrow Contest, sponsored by the North Vernon Merchants Association.

Organizers say a number of scarecrows also have gone up during the past two weeks that have not been entered in the contest.

“The entries are more creative than ever,” said Harvest Fest co-organizer Richard Sanders. “I can tell that folks have had a lot of fun with this.”

Unfortunately, a thief has already pulled a trick on at least one of this year’s visual treats. A clown scarecrow with a mirror face was stolen from a residential front yard on Jennings Street.

But Sanders said when Carolyn Doxsee discovered only the legs of her masterpiece in her yard, she found a way to both stay in the contest and inject some humor into an unpleasant situation.

Doxsee used a photograph to put up a missing poster where her scarecrow once stood. The poster reads: “Have you seen this clown? Please send home,” Sanders said.

Originally, all entries were to be put up no later by Oct 3. But a weeklong extended deadline helped to bring in several additional scarecrows that have been erected throughout Jennings County by businesses, organizations and individuals.

Voting in a number of

categories got under way last Wednesday at four businesses in downtown North Vernon:

Dittos — 404 E. O&M Ave.

A Perfect Day Cafe — 221 E. Walnut St.

The Antique Store — 246 E. Walnut St.

Nature’s Health — 263 E. Walnut St.

Unlike a political election, Sanders said you can submit ballots multiple times in the Scarecrow Contest at any of those four locations.

However, you can vote no more than once a day between now and Saturday.

Winners will be announced Oct. 27 before the beginning of the Harvest Fest Pet Contest. The 3 p.m. event will get under way at the Redneck Hunting Store, 422 E. O&M Ave.

While the scarecrows will stay up through Halloween, the association is asking that all entries be taken down no later than Nov 3.

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