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Main St. scarecrows signal fall in Nashua

By DON HIMSEL
Staff Writer

NASHUA - Downtown patrons can find another unusual cast of characters hanging around downtown as participants in the second annual Great American Downtown scarecrow contest.

The loitering began Thursday as organization director Paul Shea and others brought a truckload of finished scarecrows to Main Street for their annual fall display. ...

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NASHUA - Downtown patrons can find another unusual cast of characters hanging around downtown as participants in the second annual Great American Downtown scarecrow contest.

The loitering began Thursday as organization director Paul Shea and others brought a truckload of finished scarecrows to Main Street for their annual fall display.

"The idea is to add to the festive fall atmosphere downtown," Shea said. "It's also to show off the creativity of our downtown businesses and organizations."

The contest is run by Great American Downtown with cooperation from the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

The other goal, he said, is to bring foot traffic to the downtown area and add a bunch of selfies to the group's Facebook page as part of the voting process.

Though photos can be found on GAD's Facebook page, Shea said people are encouraged to visit downtown and see the works of art up close before voting for their favorite creative characters. Each like equals one vote.

And there's more: People game enough to snap selfies with their favorite scarecrows that are posted to GAD's Facebook page can bring five points each. Similar posts on Instagram or Twitter also equal five points.

Top winners get bragging rights and a trophy.

Participation was encouraged through GAD's newsletter and its network of event partners. Participants were supplied with a basic figure kit, head and all, that they could modify as they saw fit.

Winners will be announced at the Nashua Farmers Market on Sunday, Oct. 16, the second day of Art Walk Weekend.

"It's a fun thing to do," Shea said.

Don Himsel can be reached at 594-6590, dhimsel@nashuatelegraph.com, or @Telegraph_DonH.