New Castle News

October 16, 2012

Photo Gallery, Story: Scarecrows dot the scenery in and around Wampum

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — “If it fits, it ships” is the sign appearing on a scarecrow in front of the Wampum Post Office.

In this case, though, the package in question is a little different. It’s a skull being held by a scarecrow on a horse.

Not the real thing, of course — the headless horseman actually is the winning entry in Wampum’s 2012 Scarecrow Decorating Contest.  Thirty-two businesses participated in the competition sponsored by the Wampum Community Revitalization Committee. The panel distributed the framework for decorating the scarecrows, then challenged each business to get creative.

The second place winner was “Herbert,” who is seated under an umbrella-table in front of Stop & Shop.

“Herb is a popular character with the morning coffee guys in the community,” said Barb Marshall, a member of the revitalization group.  “They have coffee with him every morning”.

Third place went to the chef scarecrow cooking up some good food outside Jata’s Diner on Main Street.

Other awards were:

•Funniest, “Flo,” outside Kayafas Insurance Agency, Beaver Street

•Scariest,  a monster scarecrow located on the fence at Universal Refractories, Clyde Street

•Most Creative, a girl with yellow pom-pom hair, sponsored by Wampum Improvement on Main Street.

The contest was so successful this year that it will be expanded in 2013 to include residential scarecrows.

“The best part of the contest was that it brought the whole community together,” Marshall said.

Other scarecrows may be seen at:

•American Legion, Home Instead and Paramount Bar on Beaver Street

•Marlene Patterson Freight Agency, Ferrante Upholstering, Allied Rubber and Wampum Improvement Center on Route 18

•Jackie’s Beauty Salon on Upper Main Street

•Stramba’s Alpaca Farm, Peggy’s Floral, Wampum Fitness, Tom’s Auto, River of Life Church, Wampum Methodist Church, Byers Trucking, Ferrante Interiors, Nail & Hair Gallery, Northwest Savings Bank, Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum Presbyterian Church, Studio B Graphic Design, Gateway Underground Storage, Matus Service, Keister Kustom Kabinets, Wampum Borough Building and Wampum Gymnasium, all on Main Street.

Members of the revitalization committee include Gail Blakeley, Jennie Eddinger, Jim Ferrante, Jackie Nativio Fisher, Karolee Loughhead, Barb Marshall, Jackie Matus, JoAnn McCready, Therese McShea, Sally Miller, Bob Svihra, Cameron Tucker and Commissioner Dan Vogler.