Scarecrows pop up around Sterling for annual pageant – Sterling Journal-Advocate


  • Sterling Federal Credit Union’s “Mr. Big Money” scarecrow rolls in the money. (Callie Jones / Sterling Journal-Lawyer)

  • Crest Motel’s “Creepy Gene” scarecrow is ready to spook visitors. (Callie Jones / Sterling Journal-Lawyer)

  • Sterling Creatives paid tribute to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo by entering the Logan County Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Contest. (Callie Jones / Sterling Journal-Lawyer)

  • Sterling Fire Department scarecrow “Burnie” is ready to help put out the fires. (Callie Jones / Sterling Journal-Lawyer)

  • The first FarmBank Mobile is ready to roll across town. This is one of many entries in the annual Logan County Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Contest. (Callie Jones / Sterling Journal-Lawyer)

  • Sam & Louie’s chose a spooky theme for their scarecrow, “Nightmare on S & L Street”. (Callie Jones / Sterling Journal-Lawyer)

  • CSU Engagement Center scarecrows, Alan and Peg, “master aging.” (Callie Jones / Sterling Journal-Lawyer)

  • The Oakwood Inn’s scarecrow, “Fall Day Fay,” celebrates the fall season. (Callie Jones / Sterling Journal-Lawyer)

The fall season is here and that means pumpkin fields, corn mazes, haunted houses and around Sterling: scarecrows.

From whimsical Crayola figures to creepy creepers, a famous painter and even a firefighter ready to save the day. Local businesses and organizations nominated a wide variety of characters for the annual Logan County Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Contest.

The annual community-wide event invites local businesses and organizations to create a scarecrow of their choice. Although the Chamber came up with a few possible themes, such as realistic, sporty, patriotic, historical figure, school mascot, etc., contest participants also came up with their own creative ideas.

This year, there are 28 entries for the competition, including: Bank of the West, Centennial Mental Health Center, CSU Engagement Center, County Express, Dale’s Jewelry, Family Resource Center, First FarmBank, GOAL Academy High School, Holly Chiropractic & Sports Rehab , Hope House, Lorenzo Apothecary, McDonald’s, Media Logic Radio, Northeast Agri-Services, Northeast Colorado Broadcasting, Northeastern Dental Association, Sam & Louie’s, SARA House, Simkins Parlor, Sterling Creatives, Sterling Federal Credit Union, Sterling Fire Department, Sterling Health & Rehabilitation Center, Sweetly Vintage, The Crest Motel, The Grill at River City, The Oak Wood Inn and Zoe’s Nook.

You can find a list of scarecrows and their locations and vote for your favorite by visiting, Voting ends October 13; the winners will be announced on October 15th.

The Chamber is also looking to help local charities raise funds this fall with its annual Corn Maze Mania. The contest will be held Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Baseggio Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, located at 16695 County Road 20.5, Atwood.

Teams of three to five people will compete to find items and complete the maze to raise money for their favorite charity. Fee is $ 100 per team of three to five people (includes five tickets).

Bring the family to cheer on the teams and enjoy the ball slide, corn pits, duck races, climbing wall, mini maze, giant Jenga, corn hole, giant inflatable pumpkin and more as you complete the corn maze. Admission is $ 8 for the maze, children over five are $ 4, and the cost is $ 2 for all other activities outside of the maze. Children three and under enter for free.

To sign up for Corn Maze Mania, call 970-522-5070 or visit


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