Penney’s Mountain Ridge Garden Shop Wants You to Join the Fun in Historic Downtown Ellijay and Build Your Own Scarecrow
The 8th Annual Scarecrow Invasion is coming! Once again this fall hundreds of scarecrows mysteriously arrive in Historic Downtown Ellijay and all over town. Many of these scarecrows may not be as scary as the War of the Worlds invasion, but don’t be so sure. Some can be pretty scary, then again some are quite funny and some are even friendly scarecrows.
Starting October 1st– through the end of the month– the invading scarecrows will show off their stuff(ing) all around Ellijay. With their wild decorated attire, this year’s invasion of scarecrows might be anything from scarecrow doctors, policemen and EMC linemen to undertakers and zombies. Others may be riding bicycles, doing yoga or shopping. There might even be some horses, dogs or donkey scarecrows– it’s all up to the creativity and imagination of their builders.
Scarecrow building starts September 23rd at Penney’s Mountain Ridge Garden Shop and to kick-off this year’s Scarecrow Invasion, Penney’s will be hosting a Scarecrow Celebration on Saturday September 26th from 11am – 5pm. This is when Ellijay locals and visitors alike start giving life to these crazy straw creatures who will line the streets and climb the telephone poles of Ellijay through the month of October.
When you arrive at Penney’s Mountain Ridge Garden Shop, it’s smile time with Penney Trentman and her hands-on scarecrow workshop-crew-members who will help you build your very own scarecrow. Ellijay’s Ace Hardware provides the hay, twine, posts and other supplies at affordable prices, starting at five dollars to build a small scarecrow. Penney’s also carries fall décor supplies such as corn stalks, colorful mums, Indian corn and pumpkins that you may purchase to complete your creative scarecrow tableau. Anyone is welcome to come and build a scarecrow, either to take home or help decorate the town.
All you need to do is bring clothes and accessories with which to dress your scarecrow, and join the crowd of scarecrow builders. Before coming, you might want to visit local thrift stores to find the latest fashions in scarecrow attire: such as overalls, shirts, pants, straw hats, wigs and shoes. And perhaps for the “lady” scarecrows, long skirts, peasant blouses and large flouncy hats, don’t forget to bring panty hose for both the “his” and “her” scarecrows to hold the scarecrows straw in place. Just like in The Wizard of Oz you can bring your old scarecrows in for a little re-fluffing.
And there’s more to The Scarecrow Celebration on Saturday the 26th than just building your new best friend. There will be lots of games such as corn hole, scarecrow ring toss, and everyone’s favorite, the scarecrow toss contest. Local chainsaw carver, Stephen Fulton will be on hand for “carving” demonstrations. Plus there will be lots of food, music, vendors, and more! So come prepared to scream, laugh, build a scarecrow, play some games, have loads of fun and maybe even give a hug or two to the friendlier scarecrows.
This year anyone can vote for their favorite scarecrow via Facebook. A photo folder will be created on the Mountain Ridge Garden Shop Facebook page after October 15th where voting can be done by liking your favorite Scarecrow. The “People’s Choice” Scarecrow Invasion winners will be announced at the Halloween event, October 31, in Historic Downtown Ellijay during the 5–8 pm Trick or Treating fun. Applications for the Scarecrow Invasion contest are available at Penney’s Mountain Ridge Garden Shop or online at www.ellijayscarecrows.com. Those who wish to compete in the “People’s Choice” must be submit an application to be featured on the Facebook voting page. All participating scarecrows must be placed on October 1st.
For those who are not joining the contest, Penney’s Mountain Ridge Garden Shop will be keeping up a tent for the month of October so anyone can build scarecrows every Friday and Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from Noon – 5pm.
In addition to individuals– school groups, clubs, and families are invited to join the scary-merry-making of creating scarecrows. For large groups please call to make a reservation: 706-698-2815.
All this fun scarecrow stuff(ing) is a great opportunity for taking memorable photos of family and friends. It’s also a long-afterwards-talked-about-memory for fall vacationers and local families here in the beautiful north Georgia Mountains.
Special thanks to the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, Ace Hardware of Ellijay, United Community Bank, Penney’s Mountain Ridge Garden Shop, the businesses and residents of Ellijay for making the scarecrows come alive each year.
For more information:
Penney’s Mountain Ridge Garden Shop
518 River Street Ellijay GA 30540.
Open Monday- Friday, 9am to 5:30 pm and Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Call 706. 698. 2815
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