If you've walked around the Courthouse Square this week, you've likely noticed a lot of scarecrows hanging on light poles.
"John the Crow Lennon," dons iconic sunglasses and plays his guitar.
Trolls spread happiness. A Miller Man models senior cords. And an "hipstoric" lady wears blue hair and a coat decorated with historic photos.
A British Palace Guard stands at attention. An artist holds her paint palate. And a Daisy Scout proudly wears her colorful badges and buttons.
I am quite impressed by the creativity of this year's entries in Noblesviille Main Street's third annual Scarecrow Contest.
Of the 21 scarecrows decorating the downtown, 17 are eligible for the contest that was free to enter and required scarecrows to be durable and able to stand up to sun, wind and rain.
"The entries really show thought and creativity and just bring another element of our downtown alive with creativity," said Chris Owens, Main Street's director. Folks may vote with monetary donations for their favorite scarecrows during Main Street's October First Friday Fall Festival event, 5 to 8 p.m. this Friday on the Square.
I'm glad that I'm not judging these scarecrows myself. It would be a difficult decision to pick a winner. I can't even tell you my favorites because they are all my favorites.
Martin & Martin Insurance's 2016 winning entry, a dancing Michael Jackson scarecrow, is displayed on the northwest corner of Logan and Ninth streets. The downtown Noblesville insurance company outdid itself in creating this year's "No Troll Left Behind" entry, one of the most elaborate scarecrow displays on the Square, on Ninth Street, near Noble Coffee & Tea.
"She's a Man Eater," created by Linden Tree Gifts, was another scarecrow that made me go "wow" and features a green "she" monster gobbling up a man.
Center Stage Vintage Guitars created a lifelike John Lennon scarecrow. Noblesville Preservation Alliance board member Sandy Stewart came up with the "hipstoric" lady with blue hair. Noblesville Planning Department entered the loyal Miller Man. Across the Pond, a new downtown shop on Ninth Street, displays the British Palace Guard, representing the store's items that come from England. Kiln Creation brings us the artist and paint palate.
A Daisy Troop No. 3280 created the Scout scarecrow. North Elementary displays a scarecrow modeling a blue school T-shirt. Stonycreek Elementary made boy and girl "Kindness and Friendship" scarecrows. Primrose School of Noblesville, in its "Swinging into Fall" entry, has two scarecrows swinging on swings in opposite directions. Shine Yoga's scarecrow brings "Peace and Love." Ashlee Scarlett's scarecrow carries a message to "Save the Animals." Prevail victims' assistance group' created Purple Penny scarecrow. There are also two brides: a zombie created by Noblesville East Middle School Art Enrichment, and a Headless Horseman bride created by Adriene's Flowers & Gifts.
There are also a couple of scarecrows wearing Main Street's "hipstoric" T-shirt and Hamilton County Tourism T-shirt. Plus, Teter Organic Farm, an outreach ministry of Noblesville First United Methodist Church, displays a scarecrow. All of these willl be on display through Oct. 31.
Find photos of the scarecrows on The Times' Facebook page.