Check out all the entries in the first annual Boo-Who? Scarecrow contest, hosted by The Burnt Mountain Trading Company. Want to see them in person? Just walk around downtown Jasper, where they will be displayed until November 1. 1st Place went to Cherokee Valley Ranch, 2nd to PHS Wrestling Team and 3rd to Madeline's Cafe & Bakery.
Above, the 1st place winner from Cherokee Valley Ranch
By Royce Haley of the Burnt Mountain Trading Company
Downtown Jasper! Jasper’s first scarecrow contest “Boo Who?” proved to be a success. Driving past Burnt Mountain Trading Company and north or south on Main Street, the town came to life with 30 scarecrows submitted.
Even apart from the contest, other businesses and the City of Jasper also got involved in adding scarecrows and fall decorations to the mix. Michael White from Jasper Drugs told us that even CMT (Country Music Television) stopped in and shot some film briefly. He said they said “what a fun town” but didn’t have time as they were on their way elsewhere.
Still, they stopped, took pictures and some video, so they will remember us….Jasper! The City’s transformation of the island at the intersection of Main Street and Church Street really sets the tone for the whole event! Thanks to Mayor Weaver for allowing us to expand the contest to include Main Street and to also getting involved in all the festivities.
I truly think that last weekend and the next couple weeks, as people come through town heading to mountain festivals and leaf looking, they will remember what a great little town we have. This year’s contest was judged by Jeff and Jill Dobson of Jeff Dobson and Associates. Since their background is also in ranching, they used the criteria to judge the scarecrows as that of the traditional concept of a scarecrow but also how they incorporated their business/group/personality into their design.
With that in mind, this year’s winners are: First place – Cherokee Valley Ranch, Second Place – Pickens High School Wrestling Team, and Third place – Madeline’s Café and Bakery. Madeline’s scarecrow was an exception to the criteria. The Dobson’s felt that their scarecrow was so artfully designed and crafted that it could not go unrecognized! Theirs was truly the most artistic of the competition.
Also, honorable mention goes to two of the Boys and Girls Clubs entries: “Get Groovy” by the West End Club and “Scary Scarecrow” by Jasper Middle School Club. We took in $145 in entry fees and that incorporated with $50 donated by VanGoghs Hideaway, the total prize money was $195. So first place gets $90, second gets $65, and third gets $40.
Congratulations to the winners and everyone for participating. Hopefully next year’s “Boo Who” event will even be bigger! Remember, you can put a sign with your scarecrow advertising your business while at the same time, showing your support for the community. A win-win for everyone!