Despite changes, Scarecrow in the Park keeps ‘tradition alive’

  • This display, called “RBG and Friends,” earned an honorable mention in the scarecrow contest. Staff Photo/Mary Byrne

  • This display, called “Mother Earth Needs a Break,” won the award for funniest in the scarecrow contest. The scarecrows will remain on display in Cushman Park in Bernardston through Oct. 31. Staff Photo/Mary Byrne

  • This scarecrow, created by Ashley Dufrane, is one of 26 that will remain on display in Cushman Park in Bernardston through Oct. 31. Staff Photo/Mary Byrne

  • This scarecrow, created by Lara Terounzo, won the award for prettiest in the scarecrow contest. Staff Photo/Mary Byrne

Staff Writer
Published: 10/18/2020 2:52:24 PM

BERNARDSTON — Despite the change in format for Scarecrow in the Park this year, locals were grateful to enjoy the display of scarecrows this Halloween season.

“I think it’s great that even during this time we’re keeping a tradition alive,” said Bernardston resident Amanda Brothers, who said she is a frequent attendee of the annual event in Cushman Park.

Although the traditional scarecrow contest judging took place Friday evening, Scarecrow in the Park looked different this year, compared to previous years. The vendors’ booths that are typically set up were noticeably absent, a precaution taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, event organizers launched a virtual “Arts/Crafts/Specialty Food Sale” via a Facebook page that features pieces and contact information for participating artists.

Scarecrow in the Park planning member Karen Stinchfield explained that the idea behind the page is to give artists a way to recoup some of what they lost during the festival season.

“It’s a bummer without the vendors,” commented Northfield resident Kristin Cienkus while she observed the 26 scarecrow displays on Saturday. “But at least we get to enjoy the scarecrows.”

Bernardston resident Carlo Yong said he felt the event had a “good turnout” on the first full day of scarecrow viewing on Saturday.

“At least we have something going on, on a nice day like this,” he said.

The scarecrows, which were judged in four categories, will remain in the park through Oct. 31. People are encouraged to stop by Cushman Park and enjoy the scarecrows at their leisure.

Contest Results

■Most Interesting Use of Materials — The Dubin family, for their Gandalf scarecrow

■Prettiest — Lara Terounzo’s woman with a dress made from newspapers

■Scariest — The Scobles for their collection of trick-or-treaters

■Funniest — Jillson Deignan for “Mother Earth Needs a Break”

■Honorable mentions — “Tornado Warning” and “RBG and Friends”

Mary Byrne can be reached at or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne. Reporter Zack DeLuca contributed to this report.

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