Scarecrow contest, painted leaves raised funds for future projects
ELKINS — The removal of the scarecrows and painted leaves from downtown Elkins has left the streets looking a little bare after the fall contest and display hosted by Our Town Inc. concluded over the weekend, but holiday gnomes are on their way.
Citizens and businesses built more than 80 scarecrows throughout the downtown area, and painted 110 leaves as part of the fall promotion that kicked off back on Sept. 25.
“We really got a lot of good feedback from community people and visitors to our city,” Our Town Inc. volunteer Bobbi Trimboli told The Inter-Mountain. “Everybody enjoyed downtown looking like the fall, especially since we weren’t able to have the Forest Festival this year.”
The first-place winner of the scarecrow contest was the Elkins Sewing Center for its owl display. Artists at Work captured second place, while third place went to Salon Swish. Curnutte Law finished in fourth place and Johnson Reality won the Facebook Favorite Award for a scarecrow that honored all military veterans.
Our Town still has close to 20 painted leaves up for sale. The money taken in will go toward the organization’s next project. The leaves are being sold for $10 and can be purchased at the Delmonte Hotel.
“The money raised from the sale of leaves will go toward what we are doing next, we kind of just keep ourselves afloat that way,” Trimboli said. “We’ve been really fortunate with the amount of people who participated both during the fall and summer months when we did the flowers.”
The next project Our Town Inc. is currently working on is bringing the Holiday Christmas Gnomes back to the downtown streets. The organization is also planning to hand out materials for citizens to build decorative Christmas trees, as they did with both the summer flowers and fall leaves.
“We will have the gnomes up again and we are hoping to add in some wooden Christmas trees that people can paint,” Trimboli said. “It seems that people are enjoying the opportunity to participate in one way or another. So we are just gonna keep doing that for the next season — giving people the opportunity to be part of downtown decorating.”
Davis Trust Company, Elkins Builders Supply, the West Virginia Wood Technology Center and the Delmonte Market sponsored the fall event.