Scarecrows headed back to Shrewsbury’s Town Common

345

By Laura Hayes, Senior Community Reporter

Scarecrows from last year’s “Scarecrows on the Common” delighted community members amid lingering COVID-19 shutdowns.   Photo/Melanie Petrucci
Scarecrows from last year’s “Scarecrows on the Common” delighted community members amid lingering COVID-19 shutdowns.
(Photo/Melanie Petrucci)

SHREWSBURY – Shrewsbury Garden Club’s “Scarecrows on the Common” is back.

“What I enjoy the most is seeing the families and the kids coming to the common and enjoying the scarecrows,” said Garden Club member Gail Aslanian of this familiar tradition. “They’re so creative.” 

The tradition of scarecrows in the Town Common dates back 17 years. The Spirit of Shrewsbury used to be held on the Common in those days before it outgrew the space and eventually moved to Oak Middle School. 

Scarecrows from last year’s “Scarecrows on the Common” delighted community members amid lingering COVID-19 shutdowns. Photos/Melanie Petrucci
Scarecrows from last year’s “Scarecrows on the Common” delighted community members amid lingering COVID-19 shutdowns.
(Photos/Melanie Petrucci)

Aslanian was on the festival’s committee at the time as the committee brainstormed ways to bring attention to the Common. 

The garden club suggested they hold a scarecrow contest. 

This year, scarecrows can be set up during the week of Sept. 20. The name of the club, group, business or person responsible for the scarecrow must be visible. 

No perishable goods are allowed. Scarecrows can’t be attached to the bandstand, memorial, newly-planted trees or lampposts. 

Scarecrows headed back to Shrewsbury’s Town Common
Scarecrows from last year’s “Scarecrows on the Common” delighted community members amid lingering COVID-19 shutdowns.
(Photo/Melanie Petrucci)

Scarecrows must remain on the Common through Oct. 15. Any remaining scarecrows after Oct. 17 will then be discarded at the owner’s expense. 

After a scarecrow is installed, individuals should call 508-845-2630 or email [email protected] to register their contact information. 

 

 

RELATED CONTENT:

Spirit of Shrewsbury headed to Oak Middle School Sept. 25 (communityadvocate.com)

Shrewsbury notes COVID-19 cases in schools – Community Advocate

Changes to outdoor dining process could be on Town Meeting warrant (communityadvocate.com)