Penny Nichols-Whitehead wins scarecrow contest

Penny Nichols-Whitehead took home the winning prize for her scarecrow during the Evart Farmers Market scarecrow contest that took place on Saturday, Oct. 12. (Courtesy photo)
Penny Nichols-Whitehead took home the winning prize for her scarecrow during the Evart Farmers Market scarecrow contest that took place on Saturday, Oct. 12. (Courtesy photo)

By Margaret Essner Special to the Herald Review

EVART — The Evart Farmer’s Market hosted a scarecrow building competition as a season closing event to raise funds for the Sears Food Pantry on Oct. 12. A $10 entry fee and donations from visitors and voters went to help this good cause and canned goods were collected. The weather was perfect for this day of festivities and having a live musician, Evart’s own Denise Peacock, added to the atmosphere of fun. Among those who entered scarecrows included Members First Credit Union, Evart Free Methodist Church Youth Group, First Merit Bank, Evart Eighth Grade Girls Volleyball Team and local families. The prize basket for the winning scarecrow went to Penny Nichols-Whitehead. The items in the basket were donated by the faithful vendors of the Evart Farmer’s Market, including Elder’s Dairy Beef, Chippewa Creek Honey, Penny’s Pantry, Rabbit’s Garden, Sassy Ewe, Sweet Treats, The Purple Pepper, Wicke Crates and the Market Master. Morgan’s Composting donated bushels of apples for cider and Aloha Hodges donated the cider press. Market Master June-Marie Essner said she was thankful for everyone involved for sponsoring this event. “Without the support and participation of the Evart community and visitors this fundraising contest and the Market would not have been possible," Essner said. "I never realized how many people visit Evart from every corner of the nation and world. I spoke with people from Europe, Canada and many States. It is great to be able to offer this weekly event to enhance our local community and promote it to visitors to our area. Thank you. Have wonderful winter and spring seasons. We look forward to a wonderful Farmers Market season next year.”