Scarecrow in the Park in Bernardston brings Halloween spirit

  • Sadie Sall looks at a rendition of the cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants during Bernardston’s Scarecrow in the Park event on Saturday. STAFF PHOTO/CHRIS LARABEE

  • The scarecrow “A Natural Woman,” which was created by the Bernardston Senior Center, won the award for most interesting use of materials at Bernardston’s Scarecrow in the Park event. STAFF PHOTO/CHRIS LARABEE

  • The “Hope Floats” scarecrow, created by Maureen and Abby Shaw, won the award for prettiest at Bernardston’s Scarecrow in the Park event. STAFF PHOTO/CHRIS LARABEE

  • Jack, Elsie and Brody Neipp, from left, stand among the “Voodoo” scarecrow, which was created by Heather and Deborah Scoble, and won the award for scariest at Bernardston’s Scarecrow in the Park event. STAFF PHOTO/CHRIS LARABEE

  • “Bad Day at Crumpin-Fox,” created by new Bernardston resident Kyle Matteson and his family, took home the award for funniest scarecrow at Bernardston’s Scarecrow in the Park event. STAFF PHOTO/CHRIS LARABEE

  • “Bad Day at Crumpin-Fox,” created by new Bernardston resident Kyle Matteson and his family, took home the award for funniest scarecrow at Bernardston’s Scarecrow in the Park event. STAFF PHOTO/CHRIS LARABEE

  • Mikey Hebert jumps around in a potato sack at Bernardston’s Scarecrow in the Park event on Saturday. STAFF PHOTO/CHRIS LARABEE

Staff Writer
Published: 10/17/2021 10:12:13 AM

BERNARDSTON — The wind blew, but the scarecrows held strong.

Families gathered at Cushman Park on a blustery Saturday to celebrate the return of the full Scarecrow in the Park experience. Live music and the smell of fried food filled the air as attendees admired the handcrafted scarecrow contest entries and watched the Tractor Parade. The event, sponsored by the Bernardston Kiwanis Club, also featured more than 50 vendors and craftspeople, along with activities for people of all ages.

Charlemont resident Lindsey Sall, who was visiting with her daughter, Sadie, said it’s great to have such a family-friendly event nearby.

“We haven’t ever been here,” Sall said. “We wanted to see the parade and the scarecrows.”

Despite the wind gusts, Sall said it was a wonderful fall day to bring the family out.

“It’s a nice day,” she said. “Better than it being 40 degrees.”

The scarecrow contest had five categories — Scariest, Funniest, Prettiest, Most Interesting Use of Materials and this year’s rotating category of First Responders. Each category offered a $100 prize.

Kyle Matteson’s scarecrow, “Bad Day at Crumpin-Fox,” took home the funniest prize. His piece featured two scarecrow golfers playing a round at the local golf club, but with a grisly twist. One of the golfer’s drives went awry and ended up in the other’s stomach.

“Honestly I just thought of doing something funny and whimsical,” Matteson said by phone Saturday afternoon. “I just moved to Bernardston and thought it would be a good way to get involved with the community.”

Matteson said it was his first time making a scarecrow with his wife and 2½-year-old son, and he took inspiration from his hobby of playing golf.

“I golf, but I wouldn’t say I’m a good golfer,” he said. “I was hoping I wouldn’t replicate what I made when I played later that day.”

Matteson said Scarecrow in the Park was a great introduction to the community.

“I love Bernardston, I love what it does for the community with Scarecrow in the Park,” Matteson said. “I think it’s a fun event, something definitely needed to get the community together and have a good time.”

David and Braith Brothers took home the $100 prize in the rotating category of First Responders. Their scarecrow “First In, Last Out,” featured a firefighter scarecrow — with blue hay coming out of the fire hose — putting out a toy tractor fire.

“They basically said to try and use Mother Nature and not too much manmade material,” David Brothers said by phone. “I already had the gear and whatnot.”

Brothers said Scarecrow in the Park provides a great chance for community organizations to come together and host a fun event for all.

“It’s definitely a good thing to have,” he said. “It’s just good to get the community together.”

The scarecrow contest winners for the other three categories were “A Natural Woman” created by the Bernardston Senior Center for most interesting use of materials; “Hope Floats” by Maureen and Abby Shaw for prettiest; and “Voodoo” by Heather and Deborah Scoble for scariest.

Chris Larabee can be reached
at clarabee@recorder.com
or 413-930-4081.


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