The Scarecrows Are Coming This October

Mayor Bert Steinmann, and the members of the Ewing Green Team, Ewing Arts Commission and Art Has No Boundaries are spreading the word to warn all Ewing residents to be on the lookout for some scary invaders coming to our town this October.

Yes, it’s almost that time again… this October 2021 will be the 3rd All Around Town Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt. We believe it’s going to even be bigger and better than last year’s event which had 49 amazing Scarecrows scattered around town waiting to be found lurking, or creeping in bushes, hiding in corners, sneaking behind fences, or in front of one of Ewing’s very own local hotspots.

Again, this year we welcome Ewing businesses, civic groups, organizations, schools, and residents to join in the fun and host their very own cute or creepy, cuddly or scary scarecrow.  It’s up to you …there are no limitations on your wild imagination. We have been so impressed with the amazing creativity of our neighbors and friends. The only thing to remember is they just need to be family-friendly.

And just because you are hosting your own scarecrow doesn’t mean you can’t join in the hunt as well. To host a scarecrow, you must complete our registration form (deadline September 11th) so go to ewinggreenteam.org/scarecrow and register to create and display your very own scarecrow!  You can complete your registration online or print and mail it in to the Ewing Township Municipal Building at 2 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing Township, NJ 08628. Please make sure you get a confirmation email from the Green Team that confirms that you are registered!

And to make things more fun – you can win cash prizes!! We’re keeping many of the prizes from last year and adding some new surprises. You still get to vote for your 2 (two) favorite scarecrows – a favorite residential winner and a favorite business/organization will each get $ prizes. And the Green Team will still select the one scarecrow that best ‘upcycles’ and/or uses recycled materials. And we will still have a raffle winner from all the hunters’ entries. The more scarecrows you find, the more entries you get into the raffle. And the grand prize is $200!

New this year is Ewing’s very own scarecrow version of “Elf on the Shelf.’ Debuting this fall is our very own ‘Stan Bymee.’ Look around town for a scarecrow that looks like the one you see on our flyers. He is going to be at 4 different Ewing locations during the month. Each week in October, on Sunday, check the Ewing Green Team’s Facebook page for a new clue for “Where’s Stan?” Once you find him at his new location; take a selfie of someone in your ‘hunting party’ and email to ewinggreenteam@gmail.com. We’ll put all entries in ANOTHER RAFFLE and have 4 additional prizes for keeping up with ‘Stan.’

The All-Around Town Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt begins on Friday, October 1st and ends on Thursday, October 28th at 4:30 pm, giving you plenty of time to hunt them all down.  This year’s clues will be a combination of fun ‘Ewing-centric’ clues and riddles and will test how well you know your hometown. Contest rules and ballots with these fun and challenging clues can be found online at https://ewinggreenteam.org/scarecrow-scavenger-hunt-rules/.

Paper ballots can also be picked up at the Ewing Community and Senior Center (ESCC) at 999 Lower Ferry Road or Hollowbrook Community Center at 320 Hollowbrook Drive. The winner will be announced on October 30th during the Ewing Recreation Department’s Annual Trunk-or-Treat festivities. For further details please go to ewinggreenteam.org/scarecrow.

Ewing Township is Silver Certified by the Sustainable Jersey Program. This event helps us advance Ewing Township’s on-going goals of Community Building, the Arts, Recycling while offering an activity that encourages active, healthy residents!

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