Visitors stuffed Sehmel Homestead Park over the weekend for the annual Peninsula Metropolitan Parks Scarecrow Festival, the organization’s biggest event of the year.
This year, more than 6,500 people attended the one-day festival, a big boost from the 4,356 that attended last year.
“It was just a constant flow of people,” said PenMet executive director Terry Lee. “You couldn’t hand out programs fast enough.”
Overall, the result was “very, very positive,” said Lee. There were about 22 to 25 scarecrow exhibits, all different and unique.
“Every year I’m amazed at what people come up with,” Lee said.
Other activities such as pumpkin launching, pony rides and hay rides also took place at the free event on Saturday. While the event was free, the organization still brought in more than $500 in donations as well as $2,625 from the pumpkin launches.
Lee said the event, in its sixth year, was made possible by a large group of volunteers.
“We really rely on (our) volunteers,” he said.
The event is split into three categories: business, family and nonprofit. With two awards up for grabs in each category, competition is fierce for the $200 prizes.
The winners, by category, are:
▪ Business category: Best of Show, Uptown Dental for Dr. Rhonda Savage and her sleep apnea patient Smiley; People’s Choice, Mike Tritten Real Estate for Gru and Friends.
▪ Family category: Best of Show, Albertson family for CrowVengers; People’s Choice, Shutter family for The Harvest.
▪ Nonprofit category: Best of Show, Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One for All-Star Family of Safety; Curious by Nature for CBN’s Northwest Animals.
In the business category, Uptown Dental donated its $200 award back the parks department. Uptown is also a sponsor of the event.