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Scarecrows come out for Steveston crawl
They’re some of Steveston’s sharpest dressers. But with mouthfuls of straw, felt and fur, they’re not much for conversation.
As for the one standing outside the Pieces store on Moncton Street, she’s not talking either—duct tape is covering her mouth.
The Steveston Scarecrow Crawl has begun in the historic fishing village. Dozens of crafty creations—that may or may not keep birds away—are expected to appear in front of local businesses throughout October.
Organized by the Steveston Merchants Association, the fourth annual crawl invites people to stroll through the village to view as many as 70 one-of-a-kind scarecrows. This year businesses are competing for scarecrow supremacy, as the top designer will be honoured with a trophy.
Holding a roll of duct tape, Pieces owner David Gordon credits Jill Hall with his store’s scarecrow—a silver sculpture that’s currently, and affectionately, known as Crow Terminator.
“Jill wanted to do something Canadian, and out of that came four rolls of duct tape,” said Gordon.
Wife Sarah Gordon, the Steveston Merchants Association’s marketing committee chair, said she knew of similar pre-Halloween events in other cities, including Lynden, Wash., and thought it would be the perfect fit for Steveston.
“People seem to think so. It has become an event that people look forward to and creates great community spirit,” she said. “It brings out cameras, and gets people walking, talking and smiling.”
The crawl also gets people popping into local businesses, meshing with the association’s goal of keeping the village thriving year round.
Also this month in Steveston, merchants will be participating in a trick-or-treating event on Saturday, Oct. 26, when participating businesses will be offering treats to children from 3 to 5 p.m.
Lisa Eccleshall, stylist and owner at ASK Hair Studio on Bayview Street, styles the hair of what will become the studio’s scarecrow.