The Scarecrows are Coming This October with the 3rd Annual All Around Town Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt

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 in Ewing this fall is Ewing’s 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. Each week in October, on Sunday, check the ewinggreenteam.org 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 into ANOTHER RAFFLE and have 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.

And the winners are…

Today, after a month of scavenging around town searching for some incredibly unique and creative scarecrows, our 2020 hunt has come to a close and the results of this year’s Green Team’s All-Around Town Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt are in.

But first, thanks go to…

The Scarecrow Committee

The Green Team wishes to thank Mayor Bert Steinmann for his support for this project.  We also owe a debt of thanks to numerous individuals and organizations who helped out with the Hunt this year, including the Ewing Arts Commission and Art Has Not Boundaries.  First, we need to thank the members of the planning committee.  These include Councilwoman Jennifer Keyes-Maloney, Melissa Bennett, Mel Antler, Tim Hoh, Lisa Witt-Pinaire, Ruth Ann Gribbon, Mark Wetherbee, Heidi Furman, Scarecrow event Chairwoman Lisa Feldman, and EGT Chair Joanne Mullowney.  They worked long and hard soliciting scarecrow hosts and working on the clues to help direct you to our ‘crows all around town.

The Prize Donors

In years past for our various scarecrow events we used the proceeds from the annual Garden Tour to fund event prizes.  This year, due to the pandemic, that Tour was cancelled, and we had no proceeds to draw from.  Our thanks go to a number of donors who stepped up to fill that void so that the event could go on.  They include:

  • One very generous donor who wished to remain Anonymous
  • Local Businessman, owner of Money Management Associates and Green Team member Garry Keel
  • Former GT Chair, Peter Boughton
  • Councilwoman Jennifer Keyes-Maloney
  • Councilwoman Sarah Steward
  • Green Team member Donna Morgan
  • Green Team member Heidi Furman
  • Green Team member Caroline Steward
  • Green Team member and Scarecrow Event Chair Lisa Feldman and
  • Green Team member and Chair, Joanne Mullowney

Due to the generosity of the donors we collected more in prize money than we had initially advertised, and prize amounts were subsequently increased.  Each of the People’s Choice, as well as the GT prize, was upped from $100 to $150.  And the Grand Prize for the drawing was upped from $200 to $250.

The Residential People’s Choice

The winner of the People’s Choice in the residential category was:

Plastic Princess

Plastic Princess was created and hosted by Christine Baran at 381 Ewingville Road.

Clue #29

A long time ago, you could hear cows moo, at this “Cross Keys” farm off this road we pass through.

Drive down the road from the school with the name, of the brother of a man, a composer of fame.

All plastic bottles, different types, and sizes. Only using zip ties, fishing line, wire, and PVC pipe for structure.

Ewingville is not only a road, but a section of town formerly known as Cross Keyes.  And George Antheil was a composer related to William Antheil, a local businessman and school board members for whom the school was named.

The Business/Organization Choice

The winner of the People’s Choice in the business/organizational category was:

A Furever Friend

A Furever Friend was created by Olivia Jupillat for EASEL and was hosted at the pavilion behind the municipal building.

Clue #18

In this picnic pavilion, you’ll hear barks a million.

The heads of the scarecrow were crafted from plastic piping and wire mesh. Once the basic heads were formed, the artist used newspapers for a paper mâché technique to create definition and depth for the dog and cat heads. Once that was done, she painted the heads of the dog and cat. The whiskers of the cat and the eyelashes of the dog were created using zip ties. The tongue of the dog was created by using material from a discarded basketball that she found in a creek during a hike. The collars of the dog and cat were created using discarded PVC piping. The overall body was created from scrap wood, an old ironing board, engine parts, wires mesh, plastic mesh, and plastic piping. The body, head and tail were then wrapped in a blanket. The blanket was spray-painted, and parts of the body were also covered in hay.

The Green Team Prize

The Green Team prize was voted upon by the members of the Green Team and was awarded to the entry that best exemplified the creative use of recycled/upcycled materials.

The winner of the Green Team prize was:

Tread

#21 Tread –

Tread was created by Karen Dupee and Bill Stewart and was hosted at 130 Palmer Lane.

Clue #21

Be careful where you dare to tread, this snake will fill you full of dread.

Where does this scary creature reign? It’s at a famous golfer’s lane.

Tread was created from all repurposed tires that were found around town.  The creator also dragged/rolled one tire out from the woods by her house.  They used a garden stake for tongue and feathers for teeth.  They used repurposed Christmas lights that came from a pile of free things in Stockton for eyes that lit up at night.  And, finally, a plastic garden pot for tail.

Drawing Prize Winners

The prizes for the drawing were awarded to the following contestant hunters:

  • Emily Hopkins – $250 Grand Prize
  • Jeff Parsons family – 2nd prize of $100
  • Claudia Aruta & Pat Maske – 3rd prize of $50

Our thanks to all who participated.  It is our sincere hope that you had a great time, learned a bit about our town and its history, while enjoying the creativity displayed by your fellow Ewing citizens and businesses owners.  We look forward to hosting this event again next fall and “seeing” you all at that time, if not before then.

It’s Scarecrow Time!

Mayor Bert Steinmann, the Ewing Green Team, Ewing Arts Commission and Art Has No Boundaries are pleased to announce that our 2nd All Around Town Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt is now open. 49 Ewing local businesses, civic groups, organizations, schools and residents have signed up to create and display their very own scarecrows!  We invite you to join the hunt and test your hometown knowledge for a chance to win cash prizes and bragging rights!

Look for our scarecrows all around town: in storefronts, in front yards and on the grounds of local businesses.  Those of local businesses and organizations may be somewhat easier to find as we may reference information about them in their clues.  Residential scarecrows may be somewhat more difficult.  (Hint) Think general and Ewing history, neighborhoods, streets and more.

Also, many residents around town may also be getting in the Halloween spirit and putting out their own scarecrows in their yards.  The Scarecrows in our Hunt will always have the Scarecrow Name and number.

Prizes

First, and most importantly, you will want to know more about the prizes.  This year we have the following:

Grand Prize Drawing – To be entered into the drawings for the $200 grand prize, $100 second prize, and $50 third prize, you must find and supply the scarecrow names as follows:  All participants who find 41 or more scarecrows will earn three entries into our drawing.  Participants who find between 31 and 40 scarecrows will earn two entries into the drawing. Participants who find between 25 and 30 scarecrows will earn one entry in our drawing.  Anyone finding ALL 49 of the Scarecrows will receive an additional bonus of 2 entries into the drawing.

People’s Choice Awards  There are two People’s choice awards: (1) Business | Organization | School and (2) Residential.  Please vote for your favorite scarecrow(s) after you have completed the hunt.  Look for the R (resident) next to a scarecrow’s number to help you determine in which category a scarecrow belongs in order to help you vote.

Three scarecrows have been created by members of the planning committee and are ineligible to be considered for the People’s Choice Awards.  They are so noted on the ballot form.

Green Team Prize – As the Green Team, we are hoping for lots of recycling and ‘upcycling’ to be incorporated in our scarecrows.  Green Team members will vote for the Scarecrow with the most creative use of recycled materials (must be 80%).

Ballots

Scarecrows will be displayed from Oct 1st thru October 29th.   Hunt ballots with our clues are available in electronic format or paperPrintable paper ballots are available here.  Until Township buildings have reopened, there will be a plastic envelope next to the Tax Drop Box near the back door of the municipal building with copies.  Once the buildings have reopened, the printed copies will be available in the upper lobby of the municipal building, at the office at the Ewing Senior and Community Center, and on a table in the downstairs lobby of the Hollowbrook Community Center.

Deadlines and Drawings

The Scavenger Hunt will take place from Thursday, October 1st to 4:30 pm, Thursday, October 29th.  To be eligible to be included in the drawings for the grand prize, you must find the scarecrows and their names and submit your ballot by 4:30 p.m., on the October 29th either electronically or using the paper ballot and depositing it in the Tax Drop Box.   No submissions will be accepted after that time.

The drawing will take place and winners will be announced on Saturday, Oct 31st via Zoom.  This event is open to Ewing residents and workers only.  To get further details on how you can have a safe and great time while engaging in our Hunt see our Rules page on our website.

We encourage all our Ewing Scarecrow Hunters to stay safe by wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines while on the hunt.   We are hopeful that this will be a great opportunity for Ewing residents to experience some much needed fun during the Halloween season. Have a great time!

All-Around Town Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt 2020

Scarecrows are coming… so be on the lookout!

Test your hometown knowledge, get creative chance to win cash prizes and bragging rights!

The Ewing Green Team, Ewing Arts Commission and Art Has No Boundaries are pleased to announce that our 2nd All Around Town Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt is now is the planning stages. Following last year’s very successful debut which featured 34 scarecrows and almost 80 individuals and groups on the hunt, we are expanding options for participation this year, as well as cash prizes to sweeten the fun!

And even though we are dealing with the very serious Covid-19 pandemic and the important need for masks and social distancing; we welcome an opportunity for Ewing residents to experience some much needed fun while staying safe and healthy with an activity that lends itself to those requirements.

We once again invite Ewing local businesses, civic groups, organizations, and schools to create and display their very own Scarecrows. And, this year, since large gatherings look to be unworkable, we also invite Ewing residents to add their own scarecrows to the Hunt.  Place it in your front yard or ask us for help in siting it to participate in the fun.  Creativity and imaginations are welcome; there are no limits on how crazy you can be. We do not have any restrictions on design (they do need to be family-friendly) though as the Green Team, we are hoping for lots of recycling and ‘upcycling’ to be incorporated in these creations. In fact, one of the cash prizes will be based on the inspired use of recycled materials.

Last year local residents enjoyed figuring out our ‘Ewing-centric’ clues in order to locate or ‘hunt’ these ‘scary invaders’ down.  This year we are adding some new challenges!  Yes, you all get to vote for your favorite (both categories) – a favorite residential and favorite business/organization will each get $ cash prizes. Different this year, in addition to asking Ewing residents to participate as hosts; the Green Team members are going to vote for the Scarecrow with the most creative use of recycled materials.

So, join us in celebrating the Halloween season.  You may participate in either or both activities, building/hunting scarecows.   Register by September 10th to build your own scarecrow to display from Thursday, Oct 1st to Thursday, October 29th.  Hunt ballots will be available by Oct 1st and must be submitted by the end of the day on the 29th.   The drawing will take place and winners will be announced on Saturday, Oct 31st via Zoom.  This event is open to Ewing residents and workers only.  To get further details on how you can create your very own Scarecrow, join the ‘Hunt’, and have a safe and great time in your own neighborhood; see the Scarecrow page on our website.

For a frolicing fun time during these tough times – get creative, join the fun, and maybe even win ca$h

Scarecrows are coming… be on the lookout!

Coming to Ewing this fall will be a horde of crazy and creepy, festive and fun creatures appearing or leering or maybe just cute and curious throughout our town! The Ewing Green Team, Ewing Arts Commission and Art Has No Boundaries are joining together with the Ewing Recreation Department to help Ewing families, groups, and workers celebrate the Halloween season as they track down these fantastic creatures for a chance to win ca$h.

Businesses, schools, organizations and civic groups will be creating and hosting these mysterious visitors.  All Ewing businesses and organizations are welcome to participate.  Register online at ewinggreenteam.org/scarecrow-scavenger-hunt-reg/.

The All-Around Town Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt begins on Monday, September 28th and ends on Wednesday, October 23rd, giving you plenty of time to hunt them all down.  Follow the cagey clues to track them down and if you’re good and find them all, you will earn a chance to win $200. Just remember you may have to be really brave and get up close, but don’t be scared; we don’t think they bite!  Vote for your favorite and the People’s Choice business or organization will win a $100 donation to a charity of their choice.  Contest rules and ballots with fun and challenging clues are available here.   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 26th during the Ewing Recreation Department’s Annual Trunk-or-Treat festivities. For further details please go to ewinggreenteam.org/menu/scarecrow-2019.

For the 6th year we also look forward to our Annual Scarecrow Contest when a horde of Scarecrows created by local residents, groups or schools, shows up the ESCC preparatory to the Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, October 26th and judgement by our Treaters and visitors.  These Scarecrows must be made of at least 80% recycled materials. They will be on display at the Community Center and highlight the incredible juxtaposition of artistic creativity and recycling smarts by our participants.  Following judgement, the People’s Choice will be awarded $200 and the runner up $100.   To learn more and to register, go to www.ewinggreenteam.org/scarecrow-contest.

Ewing’s Fall Festival includes the Trunk or Treat event, as well as kids’ crafts and refreshments.  We’re very excited to announce that this year we are adding music and storytelling with Ewing’s very own talented entertainers Tim and Jennifer Hoh!  Tim, of Tim Hoh’s Music for Kids will provide the music and Jennifer will add her own very special storytelling to our day.  This event runs from 1-4:00 pm at the ESCC.

Projected Schedule

  • 1 – 2 pm Arts and Crafts
  • 2 – 3 pm – Music and storytelling by Tim and Jennifer Hoh
  • 3:30 pm – Trunk or Treat will begin and voting for your favorite ‘People’s Choice’ Scarecrow
  • 4 pm (appr.) – Winners announced from the Scavenger Hunt and Scarecrow Contest at the conclusion of the Trunk or Treat

Winners of the All-Around Town Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt and Annual Scarecrow Contest will be announced at approximately 4:00 pm following the conclusion of the treating and voting.  The People’s Choice for the businesses hosting the Scarecrows will also be announced. Scarecrows will remain on display at the Community Center until the following weekend for the Community to visit and enjoy.

“The Ewing Green Team is excited to partner with the Ewing Recreation Department, the Ewing Arts Commission and Art Has No Boundaries for a bigger and better Scarecrow Event this fall.  More than ever, we look forward to bringing the Ewing community together to celebrate the season while on the Scarecrow Trail and bringing a festive fall excitement to our community,” said Green Team Scarecrow Chair Lisa Feldman.   So whether you follow our Scarecrow Trail, build your own scarecrow for our contest, or both, we hope all Ewing residents, groups and workers will join the fun!