2012-11-08 / Front Page

Fire Department takes first in SquareCrow promotion


Decked out in full firefighting turn-out gear, this Washington Fire Department SquareCrow took first-place honors this weekend. Decked out in full firefighting turn-out gear, this Washington Fire Department SquareCrow took first-place honors this weekend. Winners in the fall SquareCrows promotion were chosen during the Fall ArtFest this past weekend, and the efforts of the Washington Fire Department, Hendricks Florist, and Court Street Livery took top honors in the judging.

“We had three out-of-town judges look at every one of the SquareCrows, and they were very impressed,” Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce executive director Jenny Clarke said. “They picked the displays of the Washington Fire Department, Hendricks Florist, and Court Street Livery as the best, and gave honorable mention to the SquareCrows at the Mary Willis Library, the Wilkes 4-H, and the Washington Little Theater.”

Cash prizes of $75, $50, and $25 were given to first, second and third place winners, Clarke said.

The fall SquareCrows promotion was set into action by the Washington- Wilkes Chamber of Commerce along with merchants, organizations, and individuals, to set up dozens of whimsical, artistic, funny, and scary scarecrows, set in fall tableaux and decorated with signs, all part of the chamber’s efforts to promote the planned “Shop Local” day and attract some of the thousands of Mule Day visitors and in the following weeks.

Each of the 4,000-odd visitors to Mule Day received a map and schedule of Mule Day demonstrations, and found half a dozen advertisements for discounts in Washington-Wilkes businesses.

Since the first of October, the SquareCrows have turned into a popular attraction as dozens of businesses, organizations, and groups set up their personalized displays. “Everybody has been so wonderful to participate with such enthusiasm, such creativity and talent,” Clarke said. “I’ve been to a lot of towns and our creativity and artistry exceeds them all. We look forward to doing it again next year.”

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