Scarecrows sweep through Coupeville
By NATHAN WHALEN
Whidbey News Times Staff reporter
October 6, 2009 · 2:34 PM
A carrot, an eggplant, a zucchini, a pumpkin and a little bunch of green onions will spend the next several weeks enjoying coffee at the end of the Coupeville pier.
The vegetable-based scarecrow display is Local Grown’s entry into the annual Scarecrow Corridor, which lines Main and Front streets throughout Coupeville during the Halloween season.
For Local Grown, this year’s entry depicts vegetables that are grown on Whidbey.
“I have a lot of admiration for local growers,” said Dawn Zervas, a Coupeville resident who is helping set up the scarecrow next to the front entry of the red-colored wharf building located at the end of the pier.
Because of the blustery conditions that regularly buffet the wharf building, designing the vegetable scarecrow became more intricate.
“It looked like a very simple drawing,” Local Grown owner William Bell said of the scarecrow design, but he quickly learned the vegetable setting was more complex to install.
Zervas, assisted by friend Michaelene McElroy, brought in several stone plates to secure the straw-stuffed vegetables, which were also tied to each lawn chair.
The Local Grown scarecrow is one of about 20 entries in this year’s contest. Businesses, community groups and children’s clubs are placing scarecrows in the corridor. The Coupeville Boys and Girls Club, which is located in the old fire station on North Main Street, has a playful display where the scarecrow is in the form of a young child trying to climb the stone wall in front of the building.
The imaginative collection of scarecrows is now ready to greet visitors to town. Awards will be given for people’s choice, best scarecrow produced by a business and best scarecrow produced by a nonbusiness.Contact Whidbey News Times Staff reporter Nathan Whalen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5058.