By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer
SHARPSVILLE — Sharpsville is bringing out the good, the bad, and the ugly this October.
The borough joins longtime October celebrants, Greenville and Grove City, in sprucing up their downtowns for the fall season.
Sharpsville council has invited residents and business owners to display a homemade scarecrow outside their homes and businesses by Oct. 12 as part of its plan to dress up the community.
“We have a good business community in Sharpsville,” said Ken Robertson, borough manager. “This is just another reason for people to come to Sharpsville.”
Although this may be the first time Sharpsville celebrates October with a contest of scarecrows, Greenville and Grove City have been putting on a show for years with scarecrows, parades, vendors and arts and crafts events.
This year, Greenville will feature its businesses’ and families’ homemade scarecrows in the flower boxes along Main Street.
Greenville planners usually celebrate with scarecrows in the park, but this year – for the borough’s 175th anniversary – decided to spruce up their downtown for the week leading up the Oktoberfest/Halloween parade Oct. 26.
Grove City’s Chamber of Commerce awards prizes for the best scarecrow Oct. 12 at its fall festival in Memorial Park.
Sharpsville will reward the business displaying the mayor’s favorite scarecrow with prizes from local donors, including tickets to the last home football game of the Blue Devils.
Mayor Alex Kovach will check out the scarecrows as he’s driving around town, and the winner will be announced in late October.
More than a dozen Sharpsville businesses have already committed to the competition.
“We’re hearing what people are going to do, but no one is giving away their secrets,” Robertson said.
The entire staff at Rollinson’s Hair and Tanning Boutique, 22 E. Shenango St., is involved in getting the shop ready for the competition.
The only detail workers would fork up is that their scarecrow will appear to be getting a manicure.
“We’re all set with costumes, we just have to figure out the semantics,” said stylist Georgia Frye.
Waltz Consultants, 116 N. Mercer Ave., presented the idea for the friendly competition to borough council in August.
“Council thought it was a great idea,” Robertson said. “Anything that encourages community involvement.”
Mourine Rodgers of Waltz said the firm sent letters to local businesses about three weeks ago and at least a dozen responded.
“Everyone that called back said they are excited,” she said.
Rodgers said word of mouth is spreading through town.
“We even had businesses who didn’t get the letter ask us if they could compete,” she said.
Rodgers said this is something Waltz wants to do every year from now on.
“This is exciting for the community,” she said. “The more the merrier.”
“We want to keep it all about the community,” she said.
Employees have “tossed around” ideas for their display, but are being tight-lipped about it, even though Rodgers said Waltz won’t be eligible for the Mayor’s Award.
“We’re interested to see what people come up with,” she said. “We are going to do something related to our business.”
Robertson said people should get their scarecrows out now.
“It will be a nice attraction for the town,” he said. “This will be good for all of us.”
These communities have announced their fall and Halloween events. The Herald will publish trick-or-treat hours closer to Halloween on its community pages. E-mail information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Register for scarecrow contest at: www.greenvillechamber-pa.com.
Set up homemade scarecrows in downtown flower boxes on Oct. 19.
Trick-or-treat, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 26, followed by Oktoberfest/Halloween parade at 4 p.m. on Main Street.
Register for scarecrow contest at: www.shopgrovecity.com.
Set up homemade scarecrows the last week in September in Grove City Memorial Park.
Fall festival, Oct. 12, Grove City Memorial Park.
Trick-or-treat at downtown merchants, 5 p.m. Oct. 22.
Trick-or-treat, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26, followed by Halloween parade for kids, 7 p.m. with a best costume prize. Sign up to be a part of the parade at Grove City Public Library.
Display homemade scarecrow at businesses or homes by Oct. 12.
Trick-or-treat, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31.