Annual scarecrow competition returns to Blaine

Published on Wed, Sep 18, 2013 by Brandy Kiger Shreve

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Get your pumpkins, hay bales and pitchforks ready. 

Blaine’s seventh annual scarecrow competition and tour is starting soon, and the Blaine Chamber of Commerce is encouraging businesses and residents to help dress up the town for fall by designing scarecrows for their storefronts or windows from October 12 until after Halloween. 

“It’s a nice chance for us to decorate the downtown area,” said Carroll Solomon. “Some of these displays are quite amazing. 

We’re excited to see what people will do.”

The contest is open to residents, businesses, and organizations. Those without a storefront will be provided a location to decorate. 

“All they have to do is call me and I’ll give them an address where they can set up,” Solomon said. “The only rules are that it has to be fall harvest themed.”

The scarecrows must be in place by Saturday, October 12, and will be judged on Sunday, October 13. The winner will be given a free ad in The Northern Light. 

October 12 is also Market Harvest Day at Blaine Gardener’s Market, where the usual produce and crafts vendors will be joined by musicians, Northwest Park and Recreation will paint pumpkins, and games, arts and crafts will be there for all to enjoy. “It’s the last official day of the Blaine Gardener’s Market,” Solomon said. “We’re making it an event.” 

A self-guided tour of the scarecrows will be open to locals and visitors alike, with a scarecrow map available at the Blaine Visitor Center. “We have people who come up from Bellingham to see the scarecrows,” Solomon said. “It’s a really great event.”

Van Wingerden Garden Center, located at 8210 Portal Way, is offering a “porch package” for $19.99, which includes a bale of straw, cornstalks, a 6-inch mum and a 10-pound pumpkin to help get you started on your decorating. 

Register by Saturday, October 5 to get your scarecrow on the map. To register, stop by the Blaine Visitor Center at 728 Peace Portal Drive, call 360/322-4544 or email