Sparwood Chamber’s scarecrow contest shows off humour, creativity and enthusiasm

Local businesses vie for the public’s votes to be crowned the winner


The Sparwood Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual—and popular—scarecrow contest for businesses in the area. — Photo courtesy Sparwood Chamber of Commerce

‘Tis the season for voting, but this contest is a bit more fun and light-hearted than the others.

Public voting for the Best Scarecrow Award ends October 16 this year. All scarecrows in this article are from the 2019 contest. — Photo courtesy Sparwood Chamber of Commerce

The third annual Business Scarecrow Competition is being hosted by the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce. Each year businesses around Sparwood can register to create a scarecrow and display it in the Greenwood Mall for the entire month of October. 

Creepy, traditional, funny . . . we’ve seen some pretty wacky scarecrows,” said Joy Segovia, administrator of the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a fun competition that brings smiles to the community.”

Businesses can create scarecrows that reflect their brands. — Photo courtesy Sparwood Chamber of Commerce

Public voting for the Best Scarecrow Award starts on October 1 and ends on October 16. The winner is announced during the Chamber’s Business Awards, being held on October 22, 2020. 

Voters can use paper ballots at the Save-On-Foods customer service counter or a QR code/ link.

In the middle of this photo, Mr. Lilac is pushing Mrs. Lilac in her wheelchair. These were the 2019 winning scarecrows, complete with false teeth, created by Lilac Terrace. — Photo courtesy Sparwood Chamber of Commerce

Last year’s winner was Lilac Terrace, a supported living complex for seniors in Sparwood. Their elderly scarecrows—Mr. and Mrs. Lilac—had false teeth.

The scarecrows are on display at the Greenwood Mall in Sparwood. — Photo courtesy Sparwood Chamber of Commerce

“Each year there are more scarecrows and the competition gets tougher,” said Segovia. “We’re very excited to see what the local businesses can come up with this year!”

Virginia Rasch

Virginia is a writer and copy editor with Koocanusa Publications. She is an avid outdoor recreationist in all seasons and has lived in the Kootenays for 10 years. With degrees in the natural sciences, she has worked as a tour guide, an environmentalist, a writer, and a copy editor of scientific publications. Virginia now brings her passion for everything green to Kootenay Business. View all of Virginia Rasch’s articles

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