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Y130 wins Chamber's "Fall"crow competition

They were going for "different" and ended up rising above more than 70 others.

The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce announced Monday the winners of the "Fall"crow contest, with the Y130 winning first place, followed by Georgia Power Co. in second, Williams Sewer and Drain in third, and Thomson Elementary School winning honorable mention.

"A lot of people tell us we think outside of the box, so we wanted to make a scarecrow that was different," said Cori Johnson, the activities director at Y130.

The Y130 is Thomson's Family Y facility, which offers gymnastics, dance, karate and art classes. Mrs. Johnson said the scarecrow needed to represent all of those programs.

"Hence why it's splatter-painted, doing a cartwheel and it's got a ballerina tutu on it," she said.

The Y130 "Fall"crow fit the bill in the judging criteria. Three judges -- Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley, Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry and One Stop Work Force Development Center Director Joyce Blevins -- walked around to each "Fall"crow and graded it according to creativity (original, unique, decorative), business orientation (name of business is visible, if nature of business is obvious by looking at the scarecrow) and stability (how well it withstands the weather).

Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert said there were 76 entries in the contest, but businesses are still putting scarecrows around town even though the contest is over.

"I think people just want to participate and are having fun with it," she said. "Really, they were all winners. It's very exciting for how well this caught on."

Mrs. Gilbert said some of the original rules and ideas had to be changed because of the unexpected, overwhelming response. But she's heard nothing but good comments from the community about the contest, she said.

And downtown Thomson is dressed for fall just in time for the Jack-O-Lanterns on Journal festival, Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event will include trick-or-treating, a costume contest, a costume parade, games, ghost stories and a kid-friendly haunted house in and around participating downtown businesses, the park beside the movie theater and the park in the Knox Shopping Center.

For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at (706) 597-1000.

Web posted on Thursday, October 22, 2009

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