The Todos Santos Business Alliance is hosting a competition in downtown Concord this October that that will bring local artists out of the aisles and into the storefronts.
“The idea is to get people to come out and enjoy downtown,” said Darrin Walters, president of the Todos Santos Business Association.
Starting October 17, seventeen hand made scarecrows will be planted in storefronts along Todos Santos Plaza. The scarecrows will be dressed like superheroes.
“We were sitting around thinking about ‘what’s hot this year’ and thought about all the superhero movies that came out,” Walter said. “We decided the theme of the year would be superheroes,” Walters told Patch.
The rules of the annual competition are simple: people who work in the stores downtown build the scarecrows and place them in the storefront. The scarecrows must be adorned to fit the theme.
People who visit the stores will
cast votes to determine which one is the best. Last year, there was only a
five-vote difference between first and second place, Walters said.
“Ravioli’s is participating for the first time this year,” Walters said. “They’re stoked to take on the reigning champs,” he added.
Half Priced Books has won the competition three of the eight years the competition has been in existence.
“It’s one of our favorite times of the year,” said Michelle Kendall-Lawrie, leader of the Half Price Books scarecrow design team.
“The design is still up in the air,” she said with an air of secrecy. She did reveal that the team would be building a superhero that kids would recognize.
The following businesses are participating in the competition this year:
- Yoga Sol
- D'ann’s Academy of Dance
- First Presbyterian Church
- Tower Grille
- The Parlor Barbershop
- Skipolinis pizza
- Vinnie’s Bar & Grill
- Half Price Books
- E.J. Phair
- Argent Bank
- Bank of America
- Old Spaghetti Factory
- US Bank
- Transform FX Fitness
- Peet’s Coffee
The scarecrows will be on the plaza until Halloween Day. The victor will be announced in November and have their glory commemorated on a plaque.