Sharon Presents Inaugural Scarecrow Display Contest

SHARON, Pa. – Twenty-five businesses are participating in the city’s inaugural Sharon City Scarecrow Display Contest.

The contest, which is underway and will run through Oct. 31, encourages visitors to come to the city and promotes the businesses as the community celebrates Halloween. 

“As we gear up for the holidays, we decided to put together this Halloween contest to help kick them off,” said Courtney Cilli, The city’s downtown events coordinator. “And we’ve been so impressed with all the creativity put on display by the Sharon businesses for this event.” 

Each participating business is displaying a scarecrow either outside or in the front window of their building for two weeks. Posters will feature a QR code that the community can use to vote online for their favorite displays. Participating businesses will also have paper ballots available for voting, which can be turned in at those businesses. 

After compiling the votes, the winning business will be announced Oct. 31, Halloween night.  

“The winning business will receive a $200 gift card to a Sharon business of their choice, plus we’ll purchase four $25 gift cards from the winning business to give out on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25,” said Sherris Moreira, director of downtown development. “We just saw this as an opportunity to promote our business community, as well as provide a family-friendly outing for the month of October.” 

Participating businesses include Buhl Club; Covenant Presbyterian Church; Hope Center for Arts & Technology; Firebean Espresso; Kerr’s Insurance; Rachel’s Tumbling and Cheer; The Thrift Room; Susie’s Home Décor & More; Unwind Day Spa; Cycle Life Studio; Mergl Law Offices; PA CareerLink’s Sharon office; Just About Hair; ICG – Hobbies & Games; Gilbert’s Risk Solutions; Custom Tees; Ivan’s Autobody & Repair; The Block by Nova Destinations; Penn State Shenango; Quaker Steak & Lube; Laddie’s Sky Club; Wandering Soul: Books, Gifts & Furniture; Dave Pegg’s Barbering and Shave Parlor; Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County and Beth’s Secondhand Store.  

“Our hope is that the contest voters enjoy the Scarecrow displays, and some shopping and dining in our city too,” Cilli said.

Also to celebrate Halloween, the city will host its second annual Frightfully Fun Fest from 4 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 at Quaker Steak & Lube. The event will include the last Night Market on the Shenango for the year; Trunk or Treat with the Jeepers; DJ Rich with Halloween music and giveaways; free hayrides for kids; and a pet costume contest with prizes for the top three. 

Holiday events are also planned in November and December. Small Business Saturday with holiday festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 25, and the second annual Holiday Display contest will run from Nov. 25 through Dec. 23.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.