Ewing Township’s All-Around Town Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt is back again this year for the 4th year running.
Mayor Bert Steinmann said that the previous years’ events had seen great success, with hundreds of people participating and sending in photos of people on the hunt. “People love scavenger hunts,” he said. “It’s a great way to learn more about the community, for businesses to gain recognition, and for families and kids to have a great time on the hunt.”
The All-Around Town Scavenger Hunt arose from the Ewing Green Team’s original Scarecrow Contest, where residents would create their scarecrows and bring them to the Ewing Senior and Community Center to display and compete for People’s Choice prizes at the Annual Trunk or Treat event.
The Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by the Ewing Green Team, Ewing Arts Commission and Art Has No Boundaries, was born of the idea to involve and promote local businesses, as well as residents and organizations, and through some innovative clues, help hunters to learn more about the community. It lasts almost the whole month of October, beginning on October 1st, and ending on Oct 27th at 4:30 pm. Winners will be announced at the Recreation Department’s Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, Oct 29th.
In years past, each scarecrow had its own unique riddle which would lead the way to its location. This year, the group is trying something new with picture clues. Hunters must track down each of the 36 scarecrows on the ballot and enter its name in the form. The more scarecrows you find, the more entries you get into the Grand Prize drawings.
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!
Also returning this year is our very own Stan By Mee, our scarecrow that will 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 the Ewing Green Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be entered into the Stan By Mee drawing.
“We love Halloween,” stated Scarecrow Chairwoman Lisa Feldman. “Celebrating the fall holidays and the arrival of cooler weather with our Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt is a lot of fun for us as well as our participants. Scavenger hunters regularly send us great comments about how much they enjoy figuring out the clues and finding our scarecrows. We believe it’s a fun time for scarecrow hosts and hunters alike and a wonderful way to celebrate the Ewing community.”
The All-Around Town Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt begins on Saturday, October 1st and ends on Thursday, October 27th at 4:30 pm, giving you plenty of time to hunt them all down. Winners will be announced at the Trunk or Treat event at the Ewing Senior and Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road on Saturday, Oct 29th at 4:30 pm. Contest rules and ballots 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.
So, come on out and enjoy the hunt! It’s a great way to meet your neighbors, perhaps discover some businesses you weren’t aware of, and enjoy our community. Challenge yourself to find our ‘crows, earn chances for a variety of prizes, and begin your autumn adventure.