The scarecrows are out, and the judges are in for the town-wide scarecrow competition, sponsored by Winona Main Street and Modern Woodmen of America. Winona Career and Technical Center took home first place in the business/organization category, and George and Margaret Harris won the residential category.
The winners of the competition will receive a trophy, donated by Modern Woodmen of America and bragging rights until next year.
Businesses, government agencies, and residents alike have gotten into this year’s Scarecrow Competition. If you look around town, you will find a police officer, a fire fighter, a princess, a nurse, and even Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands.
The competition is in conjunction with the inaugural city-wide harvest festival and trunk or treat which will be held the night of Wednesday, October 31. The event will take place downtown on Front Street and Summit Street. Organizer Calbrina Woods said she wanted to hold the event as a way to bring the community together.
She said from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., local businesses and civic groups will be lined up down Front Street with games for children under 13. Prices are candy and prizes.
Small Town Hotdogs will be on site handing out free hotdogs to children under 13, North Winona Baptist will have popcorn, and First Baptist Winona will have snow cones.
Woods said there will also be hayrides, jumpers and the fire department and Med Stat will be on hand for children to explore the fire trucks and ambulances.
At 7 p.m., a trunk or treat with approximately 120 vehicles participating will begin and will go until all the candy is gone.
Woods said when she went around asking for participation for the event, people told her this is what the community needed. Woods said that 80 percent of the businesses and organizations in Winona have signed on to participate.