season Chesterton businesses put on their creative hats and had fun with
their First Annual Scarecrow Contest. Their challenge was to have the
scarecrow represent something about their business. Sixteen businesses
displayed scarecrows in front of their buildings or in their windows.
Competitors were Butler Winery, Duneland Chamber of Commerce, Villa Nova
Pizzeria, Chelle's, Green Garage, Joe's Towing, Hair's the Thing, East Wind
Studios, Red Cup Cafe & Deli, Riley's Railhouse, Port Drive-In, Running
Vines Winery, Tria Boutique, Chesterton Toys, Flying Mermaids, and Volstead.
Scarecrows were out from October 23 to 31 and the public was asked to vote.
town commented on how festive and fun it was seeing the scarecrows. One lady
and her granddaughter took their picture with all 16," said business owner
Machelle Wagner, "All of my employees participated in building the
scarecrows for our shops."
Receiving over 300
ballots the competition was fierce, with first through third separated by
only 10 votes. Winning First Place was Joe's Towing Minions, Second Place
was Hair's the Thing Beauty-Crow, and Third was newcomer Volsteadís Mad
Hatter. The contest was organized by the Duneland Business Initiative Group