Firefighter scarecrow takes top prize

If you missed seeing the scarecrows in Wilton during last month's Scarecrow Fest, the winners will be on display during the Wilton Historical Society's Fine American Craftsman Show at the Wilton High School Field House Nov. 10-11.

Selecting the winning entries this year was a blue-ribbon panel of judges, which included Dr. Kevin Craw, owner of Dr. Kevin Craw Veterinarian; Leslie Nolan, executive director of the Wilton Historical Society; Gary Richards, superintendent of Wilton schools; Cathy Pierce, director of Wilton Social Services; and Peter Rubino, internationally renowned sculptor. The panel judged 65 scarecrows created by local businesses, organization, clubs, and families that were displayed in the Wilton Center for the past two weeks.

The event was presented by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce.

The winners by category were:

• Most Traditional: Ambler Annie, Friends of Ambler Farm

• Scariest: Come Hang at the Y, Wilton Family Y

• Funniest: Where's Waldo, Krawitz and Yerrail Family

• Most Creative: Scares of Justice, Gregory & Adams, PC

• Best Overall: Smokey Saves the Day, Wilton Fire Department

Chamber President Peg Koellmer characterized the event as "another phenomenal success, bringing so many people into Wilton Center to view the creations done by local organizations, businesses and families" and adding a festive touch to the Halloween season.

"We thank Wilton Public Works and Parks and Recreation, for doing such a great job installing the scarecrows, Trackside Teen Center for lending their building as a drop off and pick up site, and to all the groups who sponsored one," Ms. Koellmer said. "It was a true community effort, and we look forward to seeing everyone next year."

For more information on Chamber of Commerce programs and events, contact the Chamber office at 762-0567 or