Scarecrow Contest at Residences at Deer Creek Mixes Politics and Laughs

Scarecrow Contest at Residences at Deer Creek Mixes Politics and Laughs
By: Sam Malkowski Last Updated: October 25, 2016

The fall holiday season is a competitive one for Residence of Deer Creek. It all starts in October with their community wide Scarecrow Competition.

The goal is to construct a scarecrow display with enough creativity to entertain the judges without losing the intimidation to scare off the birds. All businesses and organizations in the area are welcome to compete. While Residence of Deer Creek always makes two themselves.

“It’s slightly competitive between the men and women,” said Maintenance Supervisor Robert Petty. “But it's fun. I feel like it's another winning year for us. I'm thankful for all the guys that came down and worked with me on the projects. There's a lot of camaraderie. It's not about what we build or what we build it for.”

Petty built the men’s display: a robot with a flying saucer perched on a hay bale in front of it.

The women took a more political stance on their concept. They put presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on either side of The Wizard of Oz’s scarecrow and called it: “Choose the one with the Brain.” All three scarecrows were traveling down the famed yellow brick road.

“I think it's funny,” said Melissa Huffman, Director of Sales and Marketing. “Just because this year's election is getting a lot of attention. It's a light take on a very serious issue.”

Life Enrichment Director Cindy Horgash came up with the idea: “When the election stuff started up, someone said that someone needs to engage the brain before running the mouth. I thought of the scarecrow from Wizard of Oz.”

“My concern is that the younger generations might not realize how important this election is,” said resident Sally Trent. “People don't read far enough into it, or deep enough.”

The women were certain that their display would win between the two this year. They were already planning their celebration dinner.

First prize for the entire competition is $500. The runner up gets $250. For the Residence of Deer Creek it was about the friendly banter and pride of accomplishment.

Huffman said, “It's so good to feel proud, feel connected. When they move into senior living they give up so much. This is our way of giving back to them.”

 A winner will be announced on November 1st.

To vote for the winner, head over to Residence's at Deer Creek's Facebook page: here

And for our full gallery, click here