Scarecrows abound in Old Town

       Visitors to Old Colorado City will have a chance to check out quality art and food as the 10th annual Scarecrow Days continues Saturday, Sept. 23. Scarecrow scenes (clockwise from top left): Judges chose
Front Range Barbeque’s “Miss Piggly and Hermit” for first
place; Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory’s Willie Wonka
holds out a golden ticket to Colorado Avenue strollers; the
Doll Doctor’s “Humpty Dumpty”; the Pioneer’s Therese
Jordan poses for Kasten Accounting’s “Celebrity of the
Year” photo opp; Hidden Creek’s “Beary Potter”; Nice ‘N
Naughty’s Mae West.
Westside Pioneer photos
       The main activities will be the annual Art on the Avenue (chalk art) competition from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Old Town Plaza parking lot and Taste of Old Colorado City (samples from 17 restaurants) from noon to 5 p.m.
       Watching the artists is free, while Taste tickets (available from participating merchants) are $15, or $5 for ages under 12. Proceeds will be shared by the Old Colorado City Library and Old Colorado City History Center.
       Scarecrow Days is organized by the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group. The event will conclude Saturday, Oct. 7 with the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off.
       Public voting is still welcome (and will be through Sept. 25) for citizen-chosen winners in the OCCA's best-scarecrow competition. A total of 41 scarecrows were entered by Old Town merchants, most of them in keeping with the OCCA theme this year of “celebrities.”
       In judging by local celebrities Sept. 23, the results were as follows:
       1st: Front Range Barbeque - “Miss Piggly & Hermit” (free membership in OCCA)
       2nd: Doll Doctor - “Humpty Dumpty” ($100 membership discount)
       3rd: Thunder Mountain - “Famous Froggy River Family Band” ($50 membership discount)
       Best Celebrity Theme: The Attic - “Elvira”
       Best Use of Material: Santa Fe Springs - “Pumpkin Hauntus”
       Funniest: Amazing World - “Sponge Bob”
       Most Creative: Hidden Creek - “Beary Potter”
       Most Complete Display: Kasten Accounting - “Celebrity of the Year”
       Scariest: Squash Blossom - “The Mummy”
       Best Store Theme: Bon Ton's - “Flo the Waitress”
       Honorable Mentions: Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co., Coffee Fanatic, Colorado Tees, Old Town Guest House, Vintage Revival, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Holly Leaf.

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