Hampton Union: Winners announced in North Hampton scarecrow contest
NORTH HAMPTON — The votes have been tallied and the awards are in. The town’s top scarecrows are a thrilling bunch.
Michael Jackson by the Nigro family on Grandview Terrace moonwalked off with a trophy in the family category, as did a colorful pair of partying pumpkinheads on the Kilgore front lawn on Atlantic Avenue.
Zoot suits are in fashion this fall. The pin-striped pumpkinhead at Fabisak Realty on Route 1 is winner of the People’s Choice Award. Sagamore Golf swung for second place and third was awarded to a sweet scarecrow at Wild Orchid Bakery.
A dynamic firefighting scarecrow in front of the fire station tied for first place with the golf cart-driving pumpkin-head at Sagamore Golf in the category of “Scarecrow That Best Represents Its Business.” Fabisak Realty took second in this category. Third went to a pair of Shear Vision pumpkinheads dramatizing a sharp encounter with scissors at the salon.
The town’s Recreation Director Diane Wheeler coordinated the month-long Scarecrows By the Seacoast event, with support from the North Hampton Business Association. The plan was to scare up a little community spirit and have some fun. The results exceeded her expectations, as scarecrows multiplied in front of businesses and homes far beyond her original estimates.
“It had a snowball effect. The spirit of community really came out,” she said. “People are talking about it. All of the winners are very, very cool.”
“We had a lot of fun with it,” said Cal Wiser, a realtor at Fabisak Realty, who was on hand when Wheeler stopped by with the People’s Choice trophy.
He credited co-owner Donna Fabisak with designing and dressing the scarecrow after attending a scarecrow workshop at Home Depot on Sept. 25.
“We saved the framework,” he said. “It was fun to see what other businesses did and get ideas for next year.”
Honorable mention went to Seacoast Harley-Davidson for representing its business with a scary pumpkinhead on a flaming bike.
Nature’s Outpost was deemed Most Creative for a twiggy bird-friendly character.
What started with Route 1 businesses spread into neighborhoods as well, as residents took up the theme and pumpkinheads appeared throughout North Hampton.
The Kilgore family scarecrows on Atlantic Avenue started with a beach theme, according to Wally Kilgore.
“Kathy mentioned her over-sized margarita glass and that gave me the idea for the wine bottle. We went to Goodwill and found the shirts, leis, and one of the hats and I went to Home Depot and dug through the scrap wood for the bodies, then whole thing just came together,” Kilgore said.
“It ended up being a lot of fun and it ended up taking most of a Sunday afternoon to do it,” he said.