NEWINGTON - The scarecrows lining Garfield Street came down this week, but not until two were crowned.
Newington Parks and Recreation’s second annual Scarecrow Contest had a lucky 13 entrants. An online poll on the department’s Facebook page received 879 votes.
For the business/non-profit category, No. 13, “Brownie,” was the favorite among voters. This scarecrow was created by Newington Girl Scout Troop 1059 and was dressed in an official troop uniform.
For the family/individual category, No. 6, made by the March and Burrs families, earned the most votes. Theirs was a recreation of fairytale villain “The Big Bad Wolf” sitting atop the house of “The Three Little Pigs.”
The runner-up was scarecrow No. 1, made by John Paterson Preschool Class 32 and teacher Kim DePaolis.
“I was so pleased at the quality of the scarecrows this year,” Parks and Recreation Superintendent Bill DeMaio said this week. “It demonstrated the town-wide Halloween spirit that we all have here.”
Parks program coordinator Joe Harvey facilitated the online poll and tallied up the final votes this week.
“The Newington Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank all of the individuals, families, youth groups, businesses and non-profit organizations that contributed to our annual Scarecrow Contest,” Harvey said. “We would also like to thank all of people who have taken a few minutes out of their day to vote for their favorite scarecrow.”
He went on to encourage people to ‘follow’ the department on Facebook to stay updated on upcoming programs and events.
This Friday, Nov. 2, Parks staff are hosting registration for their Youth Basketball program at Rosenberg Orthodontics, 435 Willard Ave., Newington, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families can come and sign up and also enjoy free pizza, ice cream and a truck full of video games in the parking lot that day.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.