The fourth Viera Voice Scarecrow Stroll gets underway Oct. 1 through 15, culminating with the Harvest Festival from 10 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at The Avenue Viera.
Businesses are invited to build a scarecrow to generate foot traffic along a mapped route across the greater Viera/Suntree area, the public coming to view and vote on the unique creation for the People’s Choice top award trophy and bragging rights for the year. The ‘crows will be on silent auction to benefit charity that feeds hungry families.
“Creating a scarecrow is a fun, team-building exercise that gives employees an even greater sense of pride in their workplace,” said Jill Gaines, CEO of Bluewater Creative Group, publisher of Viera Voice and Senior Lifenewspapers and Viera MD and Boomer Guide magazines as well as creator of popular expos and events.
“The public loves having fun, free activities and events to enjoy, not to mention chances to win great prizes for their efforts. Also, it’s wonderful to know that the business you patronize cares about the community, and that your support of it is helping a charity.”
A pull-out map will be published in October’s Viera Voice that is also a ballot, showing readers where to go to see the scarecrows and get a secret code as proof. The more scarecrows they enjoy, the more valuable the prizes there are up for grabs when they drop off their ballots at locations in east, west, north and south areas of greater Viera.
Schools will also create schoolcrows, to be posted at business booster locations along the route for viewing, voting and silent auction, the with People’s Choice award trophy going to the crowd favorite. The scarecrows and schoolcrows will be moved to the festival for judging for Artistic Creativity and a $500 prize sponsored byViera Voice, and placed up for silent auction to benefit either the charity or the school.
New this year is the kids’ Mini-Crow building contest open to children in ages groups of 6 to 9 and 10 to 15, with a total of $100 in gift certificates as prizes.
The Harvest Festival is where the public can stroll to see the best of all the scarecrows and schoolcrows all in one place, and enjoy other free activities, such as live music from the Penny Creek Band, pumpkin patch and the Viera Voice signature Zuchini 500 car race, where children build their own racers from actual aerodynamic green squash with axles and wheels.
For more information, to register to build a scarecrow or schoolcrow, to sponsor attractions at the Harvest Festival or obtain exhibitor space, call 321-242-1235 or register below.