City of Hastings holds inaugural ‘Scarecrow Walk’

City of Hastings holds inaugural 'Scarecrow Walk'
Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 9:21 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Scarecrows are lining the sidewalk in Libs Park through much of October, and the decorated figures have been constructed by local businesses, organizations and others in the community for the inaugural ‘Scarecrow Walk.’

Fourteen scarecrows were placed along the Pioneer Spirit Trail and will stay put until October 25th.

Tatum Bartels, the City of Hastings recreation coordinator, said they were surprised by how many participants they had during their first year of the event.

“It was such a good feeling,” Bartels said. “Ryan and I were really excited, we kept talking about it leading up to the entire event, getting excited, going to Menards and getting all the piping and stuff and putting it together. We were really excited for the turn out of year one.”

Businesses, organizations and others were able to pay $45 to participate in the event.

Because of the success, Bartels said they were already planning out what next year’s Scarecrow Walk would look like.

“We were really excited with how successful this first year was, so we’re hoping to get maybe double the number of scarecrows next year and just have them scattered all along the trail of Libs Park again,” she said.

Proceeds from the participants went toward buying items to create posts for the scarecrows and lights. The remaining money from the participants would go back into the city.

There is also a judging contest for the best creation. People are able to visit the park in person to search for their favorite scarecrows or view an album on the Hastings Parks and Recreation Facebook page and place a vote for their favorite.

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