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Ghouls galore

Sturbridge display scares up fun

A giant spider traps Leah Corriveau, 11, of Sturbridge and Ryan Farrell, 11, of Auburn in a Scarecrow Circus Sideshow train. Rich Hosford. (click for larger version)
October 12, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Main Street has just gotten a bit scarier.

The Publick House and Sadie Green's have teamed up to sponsor the 21st annual Scarecrow Festival, located on the Publick House's lawn at 277 Main St., Sturbridge. Visitors are welcome to come see the scarecrows at any time and may cast votes for their favorites up until the Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 18. Ballots can be found in the Publick House and at Sadie Greens' Curiosity Shop next door at 283 Main St. and people can choose their favorite piece from each category; group, adult, child, business and professional artist.

Publick House General Manager Michael Glick said the display is a popular stop for members of the community and visitors alike.

"People just love it," he said. "Over the weekend the front lawn was packed with people. It is really a fun fall thing to do."

The lawn is covered with at a couple of dozen pieces. Some are twists on traditional scarecrows while others are a bit more outlandish. There is a Circus Sideshow train filled with scary attractions, werewolves ready to give a haircut to an adventurous soul, a display of frightening food and a camping site filled with monsters. One artist even built a giant rendition of Tim Burton's Jack Skellington.

Glick said he is always pleased with the time and effort people put into their scarecrows. After so many years, he said, people look forward to getting out there and putting their creativity to use in a scary, funny or interesting way.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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