PERKASIE — Eight local nonprofit organizations will share $2,600 in prize money thanks to the generosity of the winners of this year’s inaugural “Scarecrow Display Contest” organized by Perkasie Borough.

“The creativity of the entries was amazing,” said Community Development Coordinator Linda Reid in a release. “Our judges had a fun but difficult time considering almost 50 displays.”

"Entries were organized into Group, Individual, and Business categories. Retired Perkasie Judge Charlie Baum, Tim Gibson of the Ten Thousand Flowers Project, Trish Borneman and Tom Murtha of Blooming Glen Farm and Brent Koch, Pennridge High School art teacher, viewed every entry before making the following selections," the release said. 

Winners in the Group category were:

• Positively Perkasie Award: Families United

• Most Creative Award: Between Friends Outreach

• Most Impressive Award: Perkasie Garden Truck Club

• Most Traditional Award: Deibler Elementary

Winners in the Individual category were:

• Positively Perkasie Award: Landis (winner), Fell-Smith and Kleine (runners up) families

• Most Creative Award: Eagles (winner), Penn and Vasey (runners up) families

• Most Impressive Award: Maharay (winner), Mang and Clayberger (runners up) families

• Most Traditional Award: Brodeur (winner), Adams and Lindinger (runners up) families.

The winner in the Business Category was:

• JC Woodworking (Route 313)

"Winners in the Group category were required to nominate a local non-profit organization to donate their $500 prize to, while winners in the Individual category were invited to nominate a non-profit to receive prize donations of $100 (winners) or $50 (runners up)," the release said. "Between Friends Outreach, the Perkasie Fire Department, Deibler Parent Teacher Organization, the PairUP Society, Pine2Pink, the Perkasie Library, and the Revivals Outreach Center will all receive donations."

Reid said the idea for a Scarecrow Display Contest was born out of disappointment over the need to cancel this year’s Fall Festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We were looking for a way to create socially-distant, outdoor, community fun this year,” said Reid. “A contest that encouraged family activity with the added benefit of helping nonprofits that provide important services connected with residents, businesses, and civic groups throughout the 18944 area.”

Reid thanked American Heritage Federal Credit Union, Penn Community Bank, Grim Biehn & Thatcher, Vicki Lilley Thrivent Financial, and the Perkasie Historical Society for agreeing to allow their generous support of the Fall Festival to be used for the Scarecrow Display Contest.

Photos of all the Scarecrow Display Contest entries can be found in a photo album on the Borough’s Facebook page and more information about the contest is available at https://perkasieborough.org/parks-recreation/scarecrows/.

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