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Build Your Own Scarecrow Event In Wicker Park Offers Socially Distant Way To Raise Cash For Local Groups

Co-sponsored by the Wicker Park Committee and the Wicker Park Advisory Council, Scarecrow Extravaganza replaces Boo-Palooza, an annual Halloween fundraiser canceled due to COVID-19.

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WICKER PARK — Neighborhood leaders in Wicker Park are organizing a socially-distant scarecrow-making festival.

“Scarecrow Extravaganza” will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10 in the neighborhood’s namesake park at 1425 N. Damen Ave. If it rains Oct. 10, the event will be held Oct. 17.

Participants will have one hour to create a scarecrow at a dedicated 10-foot-by-10-foot work station, which will be 10 feet away from the nearest work station. Participants must practice social distancing and wear masks.

Co-sponsored by the Wicker Park Committee and the Wicker Park Advisory Council, Scarecrow Extravaganza replaces Boo-Palooza, an annual Halloween fundraiser canceled due to coronavirus.

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Registration for Scarecrow Extravaganza costs $40 per scarecrow and ends Oct. 7. Payment is due by Oct. 9. Select a time slot here.

Volunteers are needed. Learn more here.

The Wicker Park Committee and the Wicker Park Advisory Council will provide an 8-foot by 5-foot wooden cross-shaped frame, straw and twine. Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials to decorate their scarecrows.

Here are some suggestions for what to bring:

  • Scissors and Magic Markers
  • Materials for a head: a pillow case; bag; pumpkin; paper mache (ideas)
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Long pants, long underwear or leggings
  • Suspenders
  • Dresses
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Belts
  • Shoes and boots
  • Old purses, backpacks or other accessories

After the event, neighborhood leaders will encourage participants to place their scarecrows in front of their homes to decorate Wicker Park.

Proceeds from the event will be split evenly between the Wicker Park Committee and the Wicker Park Advisory Council.

For questions, email Doug.Wood@WickerPark.org.

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