Scarecrows rustle into Old Colorado City

       Old Colorado City was being decorated this week with stuffed creations as the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group's annual Scarecrow Days got under way.
       Judging of individual merchant entries - more than 40 entered last year, competing for prizes - will occur Saturday, Sept. 15. A separate prize will go to winners in voting by the public for their favorites.
       Additional scarecrows are being put out by the OCCA itself, on hay bales at several street corners.
       An Old Colorado City promotion that includes public events and activities, Scarecrow Days will continue on ensuing weekends with the Taste of Old Colorado City and Art on the Avenue Saturday, Sept. 22 and the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off Saturday, Oct. 6. All three events are in their third year.
       The Scarecrow Days theme this year is “Get back to Straw,” (meaning a more traditional scarecrow). According to OCCA board secretary Nancy Stovall, who is organizing the event, “they can use padding, but it has to have straw in it.”
       A separate prize will go to the merchant scarecrow chosen by citizens. The voting deadline is Sept. 30.
       Openings still exist for artists in all media to participate in the Art on the Avenue, Stovall said. Participants will “display their art form in front of stores on the avenue,” Stovall said. “Chalk artists are also being sought to create their masterpieces on the pavement at the Old Town Plaza [25th Street and Colorado Avenue].” The number for interested artists to call is 577-4112.
       There is no fee for artists to enter or for people to watch the artists during the event.
       The Taste is a chance to sample delicacies from 20 Old Town eateries from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 22 at a cost of $15 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under. Proceeds will go to the Old Colorado City Library and Old Colorado City History Center.
       The Giant Pumpkin event is free to onlookers starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 in the Old Town Plaza. It features area-grown pumpkins, squashes and gourds weighing several hundred pounds, with a prize for the heaviest of each. The event will also have related activities for all ages, Stovall said.

Westside Pioneer/press release