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Scarecrows show off

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By The Staff

Except for the crows, everyone seems to have enjoyed the wide variety of scarecrows propped up against light poles along Central Avenue. The annual Scarecrow Contest, sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council, featured everything from Salvador Dali to a headless guitarist. The community’s creativity resulted in numerous awards.Winners received a certificate and Chamber bucks.The Art Center at Fuller Lodge received Best Overall Entry for “Hello Dali.” Executive Director John Werenko explained the Art Center and the arts council staff work closely together and support each other, therefore, they will participate in each other’s events. He said the theme was the artist Salvador Dali, which was continued from a benefit dinner the Art Center staff held in September. Board members Midge Kilgour and Susannah Smith worked on the project. Their work paid off. “I’m amazed,” she said. “It’s fabulous. It is the first scarecrow I ever made.” However, Kilgour said, she is an artist. She added Smith is an artist, too. “We took her expertise and had fun doing it,” Kilgour said.Other award recipients were as follows:• Most Traditional – Best Western Hilltop Hotel; • Most Environmental – 4H Club;• Best Business Traditional – KRSN;• Best Organization Contemporary – New Mexico Dance Theater; • Best Business Contemporary – SMSI; • Kids’ Choice Award – Animal Clinic of Los Alamos;• Best Family Contemporary – Darlene and Alicia Rowley;• People’s Choice – Los Alamos Middle School;• Most Original Organization – Hill Stompers;• Most Original Business – The Chamber of Commerce;• Most Mysterious Scarecrow – Hannemann Music;• Missing Baseball Fan Award – The Wilburn Family;• The Ugliest Scarecrow Award – Luiz Jacobsohn;• The Guardian Award – Dance Arts Los Alamos; and• Most Creative Name Award – LARC Aspen Ridge.Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s entry was not judged.Marlane Hamilton, executive director of the arts council, thanks everyone who participated in the contest. She said, “Every year we look forward to this event and are always so impressed with the creativity of this community. It makes judging very difficult. Many times it’s just one point that separates them.” Hamilton said art council members try to collect votes for the People’s Choice during Trick or Treat on MainStreet. Next year, she sad, hope is to expand that so the community can vote during the week, too.Judges include art council board members and other volunteers. They award points in six different categories, which are: Does the scarecrow fit the name? Is it clever? Is it original? Is it well designed? Is it handcrafted? Does the display make good use of space?