BRENTWOOD -- Local pumpkin patches and farms are not the only places to find an array of spooky and whimsical scarecrows this fall. This week, Brentwood's City Park is filled with customized scarecrows from East County families, schools, community groups and city employees.
This is Brentwood's first Scarecrows in the Park event with ribbons awarded in the two categories of nonprofessional and design professional. The scarecrows were designed and placed in the center and perimeter of the park last Friday with judging all this week and the winners announced Friday before the Movie in the Park at 6:30 p.m.
From a "Through the Looking Glass" rendition of the Alice in Wonderland tea party to "Duct Tape Daisy" made entirely of colorful duct tape by children at Antioch Charter Academy, the scarecrows are both creative and unique. Bristow Middle School exhibited a strong sense of school spirit by constructing two scarecrows as additional community outreach activities for the leadership and journalism classes.
"The students felt that this would be a fun and creative way to show the community about our groups on campus and a way to show our spirit," said Bristow Principal Russ Cornell.
Leadership's "Boo Boo Bear" sports the school's PE uniform and represents the campus mascot. Journalism students created "Teddy Crowppel," an old-fashioned roving reporter filled with the school newspaper and designed to resemble Ted Koppel.
Nearby, the Mothers of Brentwood crafted a mom scarecrow pushing her costumed baby scarecrow in a stroller for trick or treating titled "Mom Has It Together." The scarecrow was built by the club's board of directors.
"Brentwood is a special community with amazing family support," said club President Jennifer Lepping. "We are the largest mothers group in this area and when we heard about Brentwood's annual Scarecrows in the Park, we felt inspired to jump in and create a scarecrow that represents our group."
Even city employees got into the spirit of Halloween and set up their own departmental scarecrows. The Community Development department presented "Bill Ding," Public Works made "Safe T. Crow," and Engineering put together "Ima N. Gineer."
From the creative minds of 3- and 4-year-olds at Sense of Wonder Preschool in Brentwood came a cross between a princess and a monster in the form of a two-headed, leaning scarecrow.
"I thought that it would be a good project for the kids to participate in," said preschool owner Megan McBroom. "One boy made one at home with his parents after we made ours at school."
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