By Natalie Covher
Front Street in October isn’t complete without the Historic District Business Association’s Annual Scarecrow Contest. Although scarecrows were originally used to discourage birds, these scarecrows are sure to increase foot traffic. Scarecrows were judged on creativity, originality, detail and overall appearance. Judges had a hard time choosing favorites because each “crow” had its own unique character and charm.
After much deliberation Jeanne’s Country Garden’s “Sweet Pea” was chosen for First Place. Themed to the flower shop, Sweet Pea is ready to go to work in the garden with a hat, rain boots, garden gloves and basket complete with garden trowel and hand shovel. You can see Penny surrounded by hay bales, mums, crotons, pallets and pumpkins in front of Jeanne’s Country Garden.
NSU Elementary Lab’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” Scarecrow won Second Place. Hanging out near the bust of St. Denis you can find Dr. Seuss and his friends Thing One and Thing Two, Horton, Cindy Lou Who and others. There is even a spot for children to pose with them.
Third Place was awarded to the Natchitoches Police Department’s “Sergeant Tommy Key.” It was modeled after the late Tommy Key, who served on the Natchitoches Police Department from 1956-1976 and as City Marshall from 1976-1989. You can find him on Front Street dressed in full uniform with a badge, handcuffs and billy club.
Take a walk through the Historic District to see these “Crows” and others including Mischievous Minions, Mr. Money Bags, Michael Jackson and many more!