MIDLOTHIAN — The Midlothian Downtown Business Association will host its 10th annual Scarecrow Festival from Oct. 1-31 in Heritage Park.

“The Scarecrow Festival is a tradition that was started 10 years ago to promote downtown businesses, events and is just a good way to have fun,” MDBA president Renee McElheney said. “This year’s theme is ‘Movie Madness.’ We like to have a general, broad theme that is open for a wide range of interpretation.”

MDBA will accept business and non-business entries until Wednesday, Sept. 28. Set-up for scarecrows will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 and from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

Scarecrows will be taken down Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 1-2. There is an entry fee of $10.

“This year’s Scarecrow Festival is going to be bigger than last year,” McElheney said. “We had 12 entries last year and from what people have told me, we’re going to have several more this year.”

Cash prizes of $50, $25 and $10 are awarded to first, second and third place scarecrows, respectively. The scarecrow that wins the People’s Choice will receive the Scarecrow Award. Individuals can vote for the People’s Choice award at the MDBA booth at Fall Festival.

Anyone interested in entering a scarecrow for the festival can find a packet of rules and regulations at www.MidlothianDBA.com under forms – Scarecrow Entry.

Heritage Park is located at 234 North 8th St. between Ave E and F.

For more information about the Scarecrow Festival visit www.MidlotianDBA.com or call 972-775-2151.

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