2016 Autumn Festival a Treat for Ewing Families

by Lisa Feldman

A good time was had by all on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at the Ewing Community Fall Festival of Fun with the popular annual ‘Trunk-or-Treat’, the Ewing Green Team’s award-winning 3rd Annual Scarecrow Contest, pumpkin painting, build-your-own scarecrow crafting with refreshments and music.

The sun was shining, and it was unusually warm for a late October day but it didn’t stop the spirits of the hundreds of trick-or-treaters from getting in the festive mood. There were over 250 kids dressed up and ready for the collection of dentist-pleasing goodies. Once through the candy-collecting parade, it was on to the pumpkin-painting, hot-chocolate and apple cider and cookies and do-nuts.

With music playing and goodies in hand, it was time to check-out the Scarecrows being judged for cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25.00. These had to be made of 80% recycled materials in order to qualify. While the judging was going on, people could also make their own scarecrows with lots of recycled clothes and fun accessories on hand with the obligatory hay for stuffing which could also win a cash prize of $25.00.

An additional treat was the Ewing Township having a fire truck on hand for kids of all ages to check out with souvenir fire hats being given out.

Judging for the Scarecrow Contest was graciously done by local officials and artists. They were: Councilman Kevin Baxter, Members of the Ewing Arts Commission – Jennifer Winn and Lauren Weber, Artist and Local Art Teacher/Entrepreneur Bill Farruto of Art Has No Boundaries and local art student Clare Maloney.

Emceeing the event was Ewing’s Town Councilwoman Jennifer Keyes-Maloney who also participated in the ‘Trunk-or-Treat’, aka Mrs. Minion and her Minion dog.

  • 1st prize went to: Vicki Laurie and her daughter and their creation ‘Mr. Bones’
  • 2nd Prize went to: Girl Scout Troop#70137, ‘Frankenscout’
  • 3rd Prize went to: Samantha Dupee for ‘Scarlette, the Zombie Eradicator.’

The hours were from 2:00-4:00 but at 4:30 lots of people were still hanging out – a sign of a successful event!  For more photos from the day go to the EGT Facebook page.

All the Green Teams of Mercer County work together to host; March 18th 2017 Mercer Green Fest (formerly the Living Local Expo).

Autumn Family Fun at the Trunk or Treat/Scarecrow Contest

scarecrowflyerimageWe’re excited to announce that this year marks the 3rd annual Ewing Green Team Scarecrow Contest which encourages people to combine both creative skills and recycling to make a one-of-a-kind scarecrow. And, we’re very proud to announce that the Green Team was recently recognized for this creative way to encourage recycling and has been awarded a prestigious 2016 Environmental Achievement Award for its annual ‘Build a Scarecrow Contest’ from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions.

The contest is open to all Ewing individuals, school groups, families, youth groups, service clubs and business groups. The criteria being judged are on originality, artistry and the creative use of recycled materials (has to be made of at least 80% recycled items). Cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 and Certificates are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  Judging will be done by members of the Ewing Town Council, as well as Arts Commission members and local art educators.

This year we’re again offering people the fun opportunity to build their own scarecrows to take home with recycled materials supplied at the event and then can compete in a separate category for a cash prize. This year kids can also do pumpkin painting; and there will be music and refreshments to help celebrate the season and add to the festivities.

Pre-Registration for ‘Trunk-or-Treat’ call Ewing Township’s Recreation Department at 883-1776. And pre-registration for entry into the Scarecrow Contest is required. Complete the registration or download the form and mail it to:

Ewing Green Team
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628

Scarecrows must be delivered to Ewing Senior Community Center at 999 Lower Ferry Road by Friday, October 28th at 3:00. There are wooden frames for the first 15 entries if requested; call Lisa at 609-620-0722 to coordinate pick-up of one of the frames.

Prizes will be announced 4:00 pm during event. We request that Scarecrows made for the contest to remain on display until after Halloween, Tuesday, November 1st for the community to enjoy. Any Scarecrows remaining after November 5th will be dismantled and materials recycled.

We hope you can join us; and please, you don’t need to have kids to enjoy the day. Everyone has a great time and it’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the season with your neighbors in the Ewing Community.

Trifecta of “Green” Events This Saturday, Oct 24th

It’s going to busy a busy day in town this Saturday for those who wish to join in with the EGT to green their lifestyles just a bit.   Three events are running which will help you to do so, the Ewing Fall Spin, the final 2015 Shred Day, and the EGT’s 2nd Annual Scarecrow Contest.

fallspinlogo4The Fall Spin, Ewing’s First ever Bike Tour organized to promote  a more bikeable Ewing, will start at the ESCC at 8 a.m. Participants will ride out promptly at 9 to complete an 11 mile journey through the western section of town.  Riders will have a police escort and there will be a number of stops at points of interest as well as a rest stop at the River Horse Brewery.  (So sorry, but you will have to return after the ride for one of their excellent tours and tastings).   The fee is $20.  That covers the cost of tee-shirts (if available).  If there are insufficient tee-shirts left, we will arrange for you to receive one after the day.

Date: Saturday, October 24th
Time: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: Ewing Senior and Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Rd.

You may also dispose of your sensitive documents safely and securely at Ewing’s final Shred Day of the year, Saturday, Oct 24th from 9 – 1 at the municipal building.  Document shredding will be done on site.  This service is for Ewing residents only and proof of residency is required.

Members of the Ewing Green Team will be on hand to assist.

Date: Saturday, October 24th
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Municipal Building

scarecrow3We will finish up the day with our 2nd Annual Scarecrow Contest.    The Scarecrows will be on display at the Ewing Community Center at 999 Lower Ferry Road starting Friday, October23rd. The judging and awarding of cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 will be during Ewing’s Fall Festival of Fun which includes, a fun ‘Trunk or Treat’, make your own life-size scarecrows to decorate your yard, pumpkin painting, face painting and refreshments.

The day’s event is a joint collaboration with the Ewing Arts Commission; they organize the popular annual ‘Trunk or Treat’ and help judge the Scarecrow Contest along with Mayor Bert Steinmann.

Members of the Ewing High School Arts Club will offer the pumpkin painting and face painting.

The event is from 2:00-4:00 pm and is a wonderful opportunity for residents of Ewing to get together and celebrate the fall season.

Date: Saturday, October 24th
Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m..
Location: Ewing Senior and Community Center [ESCC]

So join us at one or all events – on our Bike Tour, Shred  3 for 2015, and the Festival of Fun/Scarecrow contest and help us to promote healthy lifestyles, a more bikeable Ewing,  as well as furthering both recycling efforts in town and the arts.

Ewing Fall Festival of Fun at the Ewing Community Center

by Lisa Feldman

scarecrow3The Ewing Green Team is partnering with the Ewing Recreation Department and Arts Commission on Saturday, October 24th to expand Ewing’s annual Trunk or Treat to include pumpkin painting; the displaying, judging and awarding of the cash prizes for the our 2nd Annual Scarecrow Contest; and a special ‘fun’ fall home project – the opportunity for people to make their very own scarecrow to take home to decorate their yards, plus refreshments.

 2nd Annual Ewing Green Team Scarecrow Contest

Register today to participate in our 2nd Annual Scarecrow Contest with cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25! Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, design and durability. Let’s see how creative you can be with recycled materials.

All entries must be made of at least 80% of recycled materials in order to qualify. All Ewing residents, organizations, schools, families, businesses are welcome to participate. (And it’s free!) Pre-registration is required. Go to our scarecrow contest page for details and to register.  Any questions, call Lisa at 609-620-0722.

Judging will be on Saturday, October 24th at 4:00 during the Ewing Community Center’s Fall Festival of Fun. Judging will be done by our Ewing Arts Commission and own Mayor Steinmann* (schedule permitting). Completed Scarecrows must be dropped off at the Ewing Community Center no later than Friday, October 23rd, by 4:00 in order to be included in the contest. We ask that entries remain at the center until Nov 1st and may be picked up after that date.

Some limited supplies will be available at the Fall Festival to enable last minute registrants to participate in the Scarecrow contest. However, you must register and complete your Scarecrow by 3:30 in order to be displayed for judging at 4:00.

*There are 15 wooden frames for your scarecrows available on a first-come-first-serve basis 6’ tall x 3’ wide if needed. Please check off on registration if you are interested in frame. *

Date: Saturday, October 24th
Time: 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Ewing Senior and Community Center
Cost: Free
Requirements: Just bring your creativity and willingness to join in the fun!