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Businesses show spirit of fall with scarecrows

Fall is in the air, and it will soon be on the sidewalks of downtown Thomson. It's time for the Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce's second annual FallCrows contest.

"The idea is to bring activity to downtown Thomson, but it can spread," said Carolyn Gilbert. "We'd like to see it move into neighborhoods and around town. We'd like for children, scout groups, and other organizations to get involved this year."

In its inaugural year last year, the contest was open to any business in Thomson, encouraging them to decorate a scarecrow themed according to their business. By Halloween, more than 70 businesses had their "Fall"crow out. And although the crows were scarce, downtown Thomson was a flutter of activity with families walking around the entire month and admiring the "Fall"crows.

"It's so rewarding to see how our businesses have rallied to show their support," Zephie Banks said last year in an email to Mrs. Gilbert. "I just love it."

Anyone wishing to enter a scarecrow in the contest can register at the Chamber of Commerce for $15. Each fallcrow should include the business' or group's logo.

The fallcrows should be made of nonperishable items to withstand the weather. No hay bales will be provided this year. The spots to set up each fallcrow are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis upon registration. Set up begins Oct. 1 and judging will take place Saturday, Oct. 16.

For more information, call 706-597-1000, visit the Chamber of Commerce's webpage at, or email

Web posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010

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