A scarecrow displayed as part of the first-ever Invasion of the Scarecrows in 2021. File photo

The Historical Society of Forest Park and the Forest Park Arts Alliance have announced the winners of their first-ever Invasion of the Scarecrows fundraiser that encouraged locals to display a scarecrow in front of their home during the fall season.

According to an historical society press release, all 100 scarecrow kits created for the fundraiser were sold and scarecrows were on display both in and out of Forest Park, with a scarecrow map published on the historical society website.

Award voting was conducted online. All four winners received merchandise and/ or gift certificates from local businesses.

The winners include:

  • People’s Choice: Ricky Poonsa, “The Golden Girls”
  • Forest Park Pride: Tanya Friese, “Firefighter”
  • Most Artistic: Kitty Wanicek, “Scarecrow with Watering Can”
  • Most Historic: Jessica Voogd, “Adolph Luetgert, the Sausage King”

The Invasion of the Scarecrows is slated to return in 2022, with an expected 200 kits available for purchase beginning in July.