Zoo Seeks Spooktacular Submissions for Scarecrow Competition

Wed, 10/03/2012

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - October 3, 2012 - It's time to brainstorm those scary, silly, freaky, and frightening ideas for Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's 5th Annual Scarecrow Competition! The Zoo invites schools and art classes to create their own one-of-a-kind scarecrow design for this year's festivities. Entries will be judged at the Zoo's "Boo at the Zoo" event on Oct. 28.

"It's amazing how creative and elaborate these creations get," said Gregg Dancho, Zoo Director. "Every year the competition gets more and more intense!"

While themes of scarecrows should be child-friendly, entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Traditional Harvest Figure, Best Animal-Related Figure, Best Whimsical Figure (celebrity, fantasy, action figure, etc.), and Most Original/Best in Show. All children participating in the contest will get a pass for free admission to the Zoo.

Completed scarecrows must be dropped off by 3:00 pm on October 18 and will be showcased for all Zoo visitors to see during "Scarecrows on Parade," which runs October 19 through November 2. "Best in Show" winner will receive a fabulous pizza party delivered to their school.

There is no cost to enter the competition, but the Zoo is seeking corporate sponsors to make this fun filled event happen. Scarecrow sponsorship is $250, which includes the organization's name on prominent signage both in the Zoo and on the Zoo's Web site. Sponsors also will receive two complimentary family passes. Those interested in becoming a sponsor should contact Emily Bobowick at ebobowick@beardsleyzoo.org or (203) 394-6569. Payment may be made by sending a check to Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Attn: Emily Bobowick, Associate Director of Development, 1875 Noble Avenue Bridgeport, CT, 06610.

Scarecrow Competition Rules and Criteria: The Zoo will provide the frame and pumpkin head. Entrants will provide the clothing, paint, decorations, makeup, creativity, inspiration, etc. Scarecrows will be displayed outside so they must be weather tolerant - please keep this in mind while creating! The use of recycled or sustainable materials is strongly encouraged. Scarecrows must be dropped off at the Zoo no later than 3:00 pm on October 19 and must be picked up from the Zoo from November 3 through 7. Any unclaimed scarecrows will become the property of the Zoo. Participants must submit the registration form in order to receive the frame. Please direct questions about competition entry or sponsorship to Emily Bobowick at (203) 394-6569.

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is celebrating its 90th birthday in 2012 and is closer than you think. Open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $12.00, children (ages 3 -11) and senior admission (62 and older) is just $10.00, and children under 3 years old are free. Members of the Connecticut Zoological Society also are admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge.  

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