Oakdale's first-ever "march of the scarecrows"
The Oakdale Historical Society is hosting their first-ever March of the Scarecrows scarecrow-building contest at the end of the month at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sept. 28. All ages, individuals, families, businesses and groups are welcome to join.

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Oakdale's first-ever "march of the scarecrows"


The Oakdale Historical Society’s first-ever March of the Scarecrows contest is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28 outside the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Maryann Almes, president of the Oakdale Historical Society, said the group is always looking for ways to get more community involvement, particularly with young people.

The idea for the contest, Almes added, came from visiting the Islip Arts Council’s Christmas tree event, where different families and community groups come together to decorate a tree outside Brookwood Hall on Irish Lane in East Islip.

“Not wanting to steal their thunder, we looked for another occasion that we could apply the same idea to,” Almes said, adding that with the new fence around St. John’s Church, it seemed like a “match made in heaven” to have “festival scarecrows march the property line.”

While this is the first year the Oakdale Historical Society is doing an event like this, Almes notes there are many Main Streets across the United States that have local businesses design a scarecrow for their storefront and have a contest for the best one.

March of the Scarecrows has a first-, second- and third-place prize ($100, $50, $25), determined by community voting the following week. The event is free. The only thing the historical society asks is that attendees fill out a registration form so that a spot can be reserved.

Scarecrows are built at home and brought to the churchyard for setup. There will be a pipe fixed into the ground, before the attendees arrive, to support residents’ creations. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon.



FOR INFO|OakdaleHistoricalSociety@gmail.com or go to https://drive.google.com/file/d/10i2oOpRTDPW6athEqu0sPojXN5-yCVqu/viewfor a registration form. Registration forms can be sent to the same email address above or brought to the Oakdale Historical Society, located at 229 Connetquot Drive in Oakdale.




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