Pendleton Scarecrow Contest 2012
Fun Scarecrows in Pendleton, SC
Scarecrows Came to Town
What is the Pendleton Scarecrow Contest all about? Read and Scroll to learn all about this wonderful event in Pendleton, SC.
This page shows the scarecrow entries from 2012 and you can click one of the links below to see the ones from 2013 and 2014 and read about the plans for 2015.
The link above was created for the 2014 Scarecrow Contest. That page will give the rules, the application form and will be the place to vote for your favorites.
The Pendleton's Fall Harvest Festival visitors were welcomed last year to town with scarecrows greeting them along the entrances and mounted on lamp posts around the town square. Every Contest Entry creation had a sign with the name of the scarecrow and creator/sponsoring group. With this information, everyone was allowed to vote for the "People's Choice" award for their favorite scarecrow in four categories - business, group, individual, children. Winners received $25, a blue ribbon and bragging rights. Voting begins online the Wednesday before the festival and continues until 8 am on the morning of the festival, Saturday, October 18, 2014. Voting will be at the Information Booth during the festival. The festival begins at 10 am on the Village Green in Pendleton and the winners were announced at 5 pm.. We no longer recognize Honorable Mention but did the first year.
Thank you to Jo and Pete McConnell, organizers of the Scarecrow Contest and thank you to all those who participated. Please continue to scroll to see who the winners and honorable mentions are. Also, thank you to all the Fall Festival Committee Members and to all those who were recruited to help or donate items. This has proven to be a great event for our town. It is such fun to see so many smiling faces enjoying these wonderful scarecrows. Our Scarecrows are "spreading joy" through Pendleton and beyond. There are many more scarecrows around town besides the ones that were in the contest.
Photo Credit: Photo by Nancy Hellams taken at the Masonic Courtyard in Pendleton SC. This Scarecrow was created by Davie Kirkley for the Pendleton Garden Club.
"I can't believe how much fun we've had in Pendleton with the scarecrows. Everyone's enthusiasm and hard work has been overwhelming. Please take a drive through town and you'll be amazed, too. With all the talk, I suspect next year will be even better!!! Thanks everyone!!!!" Jo McConnell 2012
Video of Pendleton Scarecrows with TJ Land and the Jolly Wingo Band - This is such fun to watch! Thank you, T.J. Land
I hope you will enjoy watching this fun video! I love to look at all the wonderful scarecrows from 2012 and can't wait to see what folks create for 2014.
I enjoyed creating this slideshow showing off our scarecrows in 2012 and really appreciate the help of T.J. Land. I hope to be able to create one this year and will do my best to make sure that happens.
2012 Pendleton Scarecrow Contest Winners
Mount Lebanon Elementary School
Business Category -
Ammons Portrait Studio
Individual Category -
Pete and Jo McConnell - Bless Your Heart
Group Category -
Cub Scout Pack 94
Congratulations to the Winners! Honorable Mentions listed with category below.
Thank you to everyone who participated and we think you are all winners!
Children Category 3 Entries
These were created by the children. There are more Schools, etc. listed in the Groups Category where the scarecrow was mostly created by adults.
Winner: Mount Lebanon
Honorable Mention: PUMC Snicks and Riverside Middle School
Mount Lebanon Elementary School - Bully Chasers - WINNER
Riverside Middle School - Creative Minds - Honorable Mention
PUMC Snicks - Honorable Mention
Business Category 31 Entries
Winner: Ammons Portrait Studio
Avenue of Oaks
Karen Link Designs
Still On The Square (tie)
Bridal and Formal Shop (tie)
1826 On The Green - The Plentiful Chef
ACI Financials - Swinging On The Green - Honorable Mention
Ammons Portrait Studio - Photo Crow - WINNER
Arthur Bruce, DMD - Accepting New Patients
Avenue of Oaks - We're Off To See The Tigers - Honorable Mention
Bridal and Formal Shop - Here Comes The Bride - Honorable Mention
CC&J Designs - Cabby Cabineto
Chi Chi's - Princess Sara - Honorable Mention
Colonial Square Antiques - Look What's Waiting Inside
Dunlap Team - The Dynamic Duo
Everything Green Shoppe - Tiger Scarecrow
Granny Zuercher's - Granny Crow and Lover Boy
James W. Hellams M.D. LLC - Doc
Karen Link Floral Designs - Heading To CVS - Honorable Mention
Lodges Greenhouse and Nursery - Welcome
Main Street Designs - Queen of Main Street
Mercantile - Happy Scarecrow
Mountain Made - Mama J
Off The Top - Snippy The Scarecrow
Pendleton District Commission - Tourist Come To Town
Perspectives Interior Design - Struttin' On The Square
State Farm Insurance - Stanley
Still On The Square - Penny The Pendleton Cheerleader - Honorable Mention
Timeless Tours and Travel -That's-a some-a spicy meatball!
Village Alterations - Left At The Altar
Individual Category 9 Entries
Winner: Jo and Pete McConnell - Bless Your Heart
Pete McConnell - Who Nose Trouble
Pete - Cannonball Express (tie)
Pete - Wheelin
Hal and Donna Abercrombie - Round Up In Pendleton - Honorable Mention
Pete and Jo McConnell - Bless Your Heart - Come Sit A Spell - WINNER
Pete and Jo McConnell - Miss Piggy Goes To Market
Pete McConnell - Who "Nose" Trouble? - Honorable Mention
Wilkinson Girls - Save The TaTas - Honorable Mention
Organizations/Groups Category 13 Entries
Winner: Cub Scout Pack 94
Pendleton Community Center
American Legion Post 113 - Freedom Isn't Free
Clemson Little Theatre - Clowning Around At The Theatre
Cub Scout Pack 94 - Camp Out - WINNER
Friends of the Park - Volunteering at Barrett's Place
Girl Scout Troop 591 - Celebrating 100 Years of Scouting
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LaFrance Elementary School - Jiving, Ingenious, Jasmine - Honorable Mention
Meals On Wheels - Cooking To Make A Difference
Pendleton Elementary School - We Are P.E.S.! - Honorable Mention
Pendleton Presbyterian Church - Blessed Assurance - Honorable Mention
PEEPS - Teaching and Loving Children - Honorable Mention
Pendleton Garden Club - Working In The Courtyard
Pendleton Community Center - Windy Day - Honorable Mention
More Scarecrows in Pendleton
Thank You to The Town of Pendleton! - Click the Recycling Bin to go directly to the Town Website.
Thank you, PHS FFA! - Best FFA Chapter in the Southeast!
Fox Carolina Comes To Pendleton, SC
We love it when our town gets on the news for good things and the Scarecrow Contest is such a good thing for our town. Fox Carolina came early one morning and we had fun showing them around our little town.
We certainly enjoyed Fox Carolina coming to Pendleton to see our Scarecrows - Click their van to go to the article about us on their website.
Jo and Pete Demonstrated How To Attach Scarecrow to Lamp Post
Thank You Jo and Pete!
When the Pendleton Leadership Foundation's Fall Harvest Festival Committee met in the spring to discuss the 2012 event, it was decided to discontinue the Bubba Bake Off and substitute with something different to enhance the event. The Fall Harvest Festival at one time had an Outhouse Race which was fun for awhile but there came a time to move on to something else and that is when the Bubba Bake Off began. The committee felt that it was once again time to move on to something new and exciting. Committee member Jo McConnell suggested a Scarecrow Contest. She had been to the Cornbread Festival held at her husband's hometown of South Pittsburg, Tennessee and was excited about their town's scarecrows. They had also seen some wonderful scarecrows while traveling throughout the state of Vermont. The committee was aware that other towns had Scarecrow Contests and Jo's excitement was very contagious as the committee agreed that they would give it a try. Jo met with Amber Barnes, Pendleton's Town Administrator, and came up with an entry form, rules, and suggestions for applicants. A notice was in the paper and personal contact was made with the businesses, schools, and organizations to promote this idea. Soon, everyone was talking about the Scarecrow Contest and making plans to create one of their own. The news of the Scarecrow Contest spread through Facebook, Churches, Emails, and Word of Mouth. It was not long until completed Entry Forms began showing up at Town Hall. Jo McConnell said "I would have been pleased if we had 20 entries the first year. I was shocked when we had over 50". Scarecrows had to be in place by 5 pm on October 9 and many were scurrying around at the last minute trying to get theirs completed on time. The results were absolutely breath taking. Pendleton is filled with an abundance of creative citizens and these scarecrows prove it. The Fall Harvest Festival Committee was extremely pleased with the festival and with these wonderful scarecrows that have added much to the community. Lou Robinson, event coordinator, said "It has been fun to watch families strolling around the square enjoying the Scarecrows, visiting our shops and dining in Pendleton".
More Scarecrow Contest In Other Towns
Here are some more scarecrows to enjoy looking at and seeing what some other towns are doing. It is fun and useful to look at as many scarecrows as you can in preparation for your own entry. Hope these help.