What do 50 bales of hay, several hundred 1”x 2” wooden posts, 5,000 feet of twine, 250 feet of burlap and enough used clothes to cloth a small village get you? A Scarecrow Invasion! Visiting historic downtown Ellijay, Georgia is a MUST in October! The community comes together to see the themed scarecrow creations of hundreds of businesses & citizens. The scarecrows decorate the downtown streets of Ellijay. From bicycling scarecrows in front of the bicycle shop to scarecrows on crutches in front of the local attorney’s office, the scarecrows are all in different poses designed to bring smiles to spectators of all ages.
The Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event, but notes that it could not do the two-month project without the help of the Ellijay community. Ace Hardware in Ellijay, located downtown, is also a business partner in providing the hay, twine, posts and accessories at reasonable prices to keep the making of these new friends affordable to everyone. Mountain Ridge Garden Shop, a full service garden center, also located downtown on River Street, has been a close-knit partner from the beginning. Their staff helps hundreds of people to build their scarecrows on site. Anyone can visit the garden shop in September to purchase materials and build a scarecrow or can pay them to build a new friend instead.
This year the scarecrows will be built from Saturday, September 15 through September 29 everyday (except Sunday) from 9 am to 5 pm. This is the time to clean out those closets or head to the thrift stores to find just the right stuff to build a unique scarecrow. Last year, the garden center made over 300 scarecrows! Everyone from school groups and clubs to individuals and families are welcome, so just call and reserve a time slot to accommodate a large group. All scarecrow designers need to do is collect all goodies for the scarecrow such as overalls, shirts, pants, straw hats, wigs and shoes (and especially panty hose to keep the straw in) then bring them all to the big red barn where everything else is provided. The garden center owner Penney Trentman and her crew show customers how to make the scarecrows from start to finish. With prices starting at $5.00 for small scarecrows and $15.00 for adult size, it’s easy to build enough for both homes and businesses. With the help of event sponsor United Community Bank, they will able to accommodate larger crowds this year—rain or shine. Mountain Ridge Garden Shop also carries fall decor to put around the scarecrows such as corn stalks, colorful hardy mums, Indian corn and home grown pumpkins.
This year marks the 5th anniversary of this event and it is growing larger each year. This year, Scarecrow Invasion t-shirts will be available to purchase at the chamber welcome centers and at Mountain Ridge Garden Shop. Visitors can also pick up a scavenger hunt game at the welcome center offices and have fun searching for specific scarecrows downtown. Come see the creativity that Ellijay comes up with this year! Beginning October 1, the scarecrow invaders will begin coming out and will be on display the entire month of October. Also, come celebrate with the chamber, Better Hometown development and the residents of Ellijay for the “Scarecrow Celebration” on October 6 from 10:00am – 2:00pm for a Scarecrow Parade & family oriented activities. Let the fall season begin!
1st Place : Cartecay Bike Shop
2nd Place : Southwind Farm Supply (horse)
3rd Place: Mr. P’s Take Restaurant