Scarecrows take over Wilton Center


Kendra Baker photos
If you’re in Wilton Center this month, you may run into Dapper Don, Mats Spookarello and Larry Lightbulb.

These are not your new neighbors, but the names of scarecrows on display for this year’s Scarecrow Fest, presented by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Trackside Teen Center, the Town of Wilton, Parks and Recreation Department, and Department of Public Works.

On Friday, Oct. 14, the Chamber hung up more than 25 scarecrows, created by local businesses, organizations and families, along River, Hubbard and Old Ridgefield roads, Godfrey Place and Center Street. The scarecrows will be on display through through Oct. 31.

The Republican Town Committee’s scarecrow of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump can be found sporting a “Make America Great Again” cap along River Road.

Mats Spookarello, a zombie hockey-playing scarecrow created by the Connecticut Junior Rangers Hockey Club, can be found standing over his “bloodstained grave” on Hubbard Road.

Not far from Spookarello, Dapper Don — a dressed-up scarecrow wrapped in measuring tape created by Lisa Lombardi, of J. Hilburn — can be seen “expressing his personal style, for every occasion, through clothes that fit.”

Wilton Handyman’s Larry Lightbulb is busy climbing a light pole to fix a bulb on Center Street, and if you’re looking for Create Learning Center’s scarecrow, he’s busy playing Pokémon Go on Godfrey Place.

The Scarecrow Fest is designed to enhance the chamber’s upcoming fall events, including the annual Pumpkin Parade + Trick-or-Treating scheduled for Oct. 29, and Halloween Hustle 5K + Scarecrow Scamper on Oct. 30.

To learn more, visit wiltonchamber.com.