The Geneva Business Association seeks entries for the annual Scarecrow Contest | Local News


GENEVA — The Geneva Business Association is seeking entries for its annual scarecrow competition.

Applications are available now.

“Each year, churches, organizations, clubs, teams, school groups, pageant courts, businesses and individuals go all out to find out who can make the best scarecrow,” said James Santiago, President of GBA.

Traditionally, scarecrows line Main Street and Broadway as fall decorations.

The competition is open to businesses, local clubs and organizations, and private entries. Winners in each category will win a $50 prize.

The competition is sponsored by the GBA.

Businesses can use their scarecrow as free publicity in the downtown plaza, Santiago said.

“It’s fun and it’s free to join, and the scarecrows give downtown a bit more character and fun,” he said.

Entry to the competition is free, but pre-registration must be completed by October 1. There are three categories: commercial, non-commercial and private.

The scarecrows will be displayed in the downtown business district from October 16 to November 4.

The scarecrows must be delivered to Crawford Insurance, 55 South Forest St., for judgment no later than October 14. Late entries will not be judged. Contest entry forms are available at Mary’s Diner (front window sill), Scribbler’s Coffee (bulletin board), Honeybee’s Restaurant (rear bulletin board), Geneva Public Library and Geneva City Hall. Registration forms are also available on

Scarecrows should be five to six feet tall, three feet wide, and of sturdy construction. They must be mounted on a wooden pole and be weatherproof. Scarecrows must not have lights or automation.

For more information, call Santiago at 440-466-1144 or email


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