Registration open for the Medford Business Association’s annual scarecrow contest

The Medford Business Association is accepting applications for its annual scarecrow contests. The contests will take place from Saturday, Oct. 11 through Friday, Oct. 26. It is open to all ages. There is no entry free.

The scarecrow contest is a family-friendly event. Scarecrows can be humorous, lovable and whimsical, but not frightening or distasteful. The MBA has the right to reject any and all scarecrows they deem offensive on inappropriate. Materials must be firmly attached to the scarecrow so that it can stand up to sun, wind and rain. Scarecrows will be mounted to light standards along Main Street. Assignments will be given out on Oct. 11. Scarecrows must face the shops, not the streets. Each scarecrow display must have a sign to identify the entry. The sign should include the name of the group, business or club and the category the scarecrow is entered in. Businesses may include a company logo. No advertising or political statements are permitted.

Scarecrow installation can take place starting on Oct. 11 at 8 a.m. All entries must be in place by 11 a.m. Winners will be announced on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Gazebo on Main Street. Participants do not need to be present when winners are announced. The people choice winner will be announced on Oct. 26 via a phone call and Facebook.

Entries will remain on display until Sunday, Oct. 26. Participants should check their scarecrow periodically to keep it in presentable condition. All entries must be picked up on Oct. 26. Contact the MBA if the Halloween Parade cleaning crew should discard your entry.

Entry forms can be found at Entry forms can be submitted to Refined on Main at 16 South Main Street in Medford. For more information, contact Karen Yang at (609) 654–2350 or The entry deadline for the contest is Wednesday, Oct. 8.

For those who wish to vote for the people’s choice award, voting will open on Oct. 12 and end on Oct. 25. Ballots are available at Refined on Main, Sheer Envy, NJBalance Wellness Center, Girlfriend’s, Gene Lighting, Wonder World and Lulu’s Lunchbox.