The Annual Scarecrow Fest will be back next month, and Wilton businesses, organizations and families are invited to assemble creative scarecrows to display in Wilton Center for Halloween

The scarecrows will be attached to 76 lampposts beginning Oct. 19, in the contest that is a partnership between the town and Chamber of Commerce. A panel of judges will award top honors to five entries.

The festival was originally proposed by First Selectman Bill Brennan last year to attract retail shoppers and visitors to Wilton Center. This year's rendition will run in tandem with the Pumpkin Parade Trick-or-Treat Walk on Saturday, Oct. 27, and the annual Halloween Hustle 5K and Scarecrow Scamper Kids' Run on Sunday, Oct. 28.

"The October event trifecta promotes Wilton Center as a vibrant destination to shop and dine while participating in family-friendly community events," a press release from the chamber said.

"With the overwhelming success of last year's Scarecrow Fest, we look forward with great anticipation to this year's entries," Mr. Brennan said.

Scarecrow kits will be available at Trackside Oct. 9-12, from 10 to 4. The kits, which will sell for $25, include wooden post frames and hay. Scarecrows may represent a business or group's identity or be decorated just for fun. They will be installed on or about Oct. 19, and will remain through Nov. 2.

Official rules and registration forms may be downloaded from the chamber website, at wiltonchamber.com, and will be limited to the first 76 entries postmarked by Oct. 5.

Judging will be completed and winners announced at the Pumpkin Parade at 2, on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Scarecrow Fest, Pumpkin Parade, and Halloween Hustle events are sponsored by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce.