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Saturday, October 12, 2013
If you're taking a stroll through Grandin Village in October you might see a few new faces. Throughout the month, businesses will be displaying scarecrows outside their storefronts during business hours. These scarecrows will be dressed in dapper outfits representing the businesses that made them . For example, The Grandin Theatre has an Alfred Hitchcock lookalike, complete with birds and a clapboard.
The idea for the scarecrow displays came from New to Me Consignment Boutique owner Jenny Prickitt. She and her husband attended a festival in New Jersey and saw a similar display by businesses. Prickitt loved the idea and brought it to The Grandin Village Merchants Association.
"It's been exciting to see the creativity from everyone," she said. "People are just loving it, from little kids to big kids."
Some businesses haven't completed their scarecrows, so additional displays will be seen as the month progresses. New to Me, Urban Gypsy, Reid's Fine Furnishings, Community Inn, Viva la Cupcake, Grace's Place Pizzeria and the 1906 Ale House are just a few locations already displaying their scarecrows.
One opportunity to see how each business has designed its scarecrow will be during Grandin Chillagefest, which will be held Oct. 26 from 1 to 9 p.m. During this family friendly event there will be live music, and items such as food, beer, wine and T-shirts will be available for purchase. Tickets are $8 per person, and children under 12 are free.
For more information, search for "Grandin Chillage" on Facebook.