Scarecrows wanted for final farmers market

EVART — The final Evart Farmers Market of the year won’t only feature fresh produce and baked goods. Festive scarecrows are expected to bring an extra sense of the season during a decorating contest and fundraiser.

“I wanted to have something to end the year that would be fun — something that nobody else has,” said market master June-Marie Essner.

The market will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Evart Depot. Individuals and groups are welcome to join in the fun for $10. Scarecrows can be set up between 9 and 10 a.m., with voting to follow at the market master booth. Voters also have an opportunity to make a donation to the Sears Food Pantry, Essner added.

The family-friendly contest does have a few rules. Scarecrows must be in good taste, made by the participants, cannot be more than six feet tall and cannot have battery, electrical or flammable objects. Any scarecrow that does not meet the criteria will be removed.

“I would really like to see 10 scarecrows,” Essner said. “I have at least five participants confirmed, but I’m hoping for more.”

A gift basket full of food, home and knitted items from the vendors will be awarded the the first place winner after the votes are counted following the market’s close.

This was the first year the Evart Farmers Market has been located at the Evart Depot instead of the airport, and the move has proven to be a good one.

“I think the market this year has been a great success,” Essner said. “Until Labor Day weekend, we had between 10 and 12 vendors and about 400 shoppers each week, which vendors said was about double the traffic from last year.”

The market provided a weekly event for residents and visitors to enjoy and support the community. Seasonal residents and travelers along the rail trail helped attendee numbers increase. Essner believes the market can only get better with time.

“I had a great time being market master and had a positive response,” she said. “I think the people liked having it at The Depot, on the lawn and near East Riverside Park. I hope it continues to grow next year.”

All proceeds from the scarecrow contest will be donated to the Sears Food Pantry. For more information, contact June-Marie Essner at evartfarmmarket@gmail.com.