ALPHARETTA, GA — Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Scarecrow Harvest Festival, held last year in Brooke Street Park, has been canceled. Each fall, residents and visitors of Alpharetta look forward to seeing the downtown streets decorated with scarecrows made by local schools, businesses and organizations. This sight brings a smile to many, and this year the city is calling on the community to help keep this tradition alive during COVID-19.

Because schools and teachers have their hands full this year, families, neighborhoods, non-profits, faith-based organizations, local businesses, local sports teams and athletic clubs are invited to join in the fun by creating a scarecrow for display on the streets of downtown Alpharetta.

“The scarecrows make it officially feel like fall in Alpharetta,” said Morgan Rodgers, City of Alpharetta Recreation, Parks & Cultural Services Director. “Our community looks forward to this every year, and we know it can be done safely while bringing much needed joy to our community.”

The scarecrow application process is simple and free, open to everyone, and only requires creativity. Any family-friendly design is welcome and scarecrow placement will be determined by the City of Alpharetta. Scarecrows will be on display for all to enjoy from Oct. 5 – Nov 2. All scarecrows are also eligible for this year’s online “People’s Choice Award” which will be hosted on Alpharetta Recreation, Parks & Cultural Services’ Facebook page from Oct. 6 – 13.

Those interested in creating a scarecrow are invited to complete an application online. The application deadline is Sept. 10. For complete details on the 2020 Scarecrow Harvest, visit online.

This article originally appeared on the Alpharetta-Milton Patch

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