Buhl Club Wins Sharon Scarecrow Display Contest

SHARON, Pa. – The Buhl Club scared up more votes than 29 other businesses to win the city’s inaugural Sharon Business Scarecrow Display Contest.

The Buhl Club, 28 Pine St., received 478 votes for its pair of scarecrows – Buhl Crow and Baby Crow. The display represented fitness and family, said Michelle Bower, the center’s director of operations.

“Everyone is so excited,” Bower said. “The staff and members really supported this contest.” 

As the winner, The Buhl Club will receive a $200 gift card to a Sharon business of its choice. Bower said it will be used to purchase lunch from Niko & Lou’s Coney Island for the staff. The center will also give out two-month gift memberships, which were purchased by the city as part of the prize, to four random voters.

“We love the fact that this contest promoted The Buhl Club and the city of Sharon in such a fun and positive way,” Bower said.

Just About Hair’s scarecrow display, which finished in second place.

Just About Hair, 1341 E. State St., finished second with 328 votes for its The Client and The Stylist display.

The styling salon, which opened just over a year ago, had to deal with a little drama during the contest – one of its scarecrows was knocked down by a passerby. A few “bruises” were added to the scarecrow, and video and photos of the incident were posted online to garner additional support.

“We had a blast participating, sharing to social media and getting our clients involved with voting,” said Heather Simonik, owner of Just About Hair.

“It created a friendly competition and raised awareness of our local businesses,” she said.

Just About Hair will receive a $75 gift card to a Sharon business of its choice, and the city will purchase a $25 salon certificate to give away at its upcoming holiday marketplace during Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25.  

Third place was a tie between Rachel’s Tumbling and Cheer, 575 N. Sharpsville Ave., and Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County, 109A S. Sharpsville Ave., with 285 votes each. Each business will get a $25 gift card to a Sharon business of their choice. 

Rounding out the top five were Gilbert’s Risk Solutions, 30 E. State St., with 216 votes, and Covenant Presbyterian Church, 263 E. State St., with 197 votes. 

The contest ran from Oct. 16-31.

“We were really happy with the response from the business community and the number of businesses participating,” said Courtney Cilli, downtown events coordinator. “We were very impressed by all the creativity and camaraderie the event created between the businesses.”

Pictured at top: The Buhl Club’s scarecrow display.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.