Library hosts scarecrow and pumpkin carving contest

Area residents of all ages are invited to participate in the third annual scarecrow and pumpkin carving contest at the Newcomerstown Public Library. The contest runs from Oct. 19 through Oct. 26 when winners will be announced at the Scarecrow Ball and Book Hound Birthday Bash on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Annex. The annex is located on the corner of Bridge and Main streets.

Contest divisions are: Ages 0-5, color the scarecrow contest (pick up coloring sheet at the library); ages 6-10, create a Frankenstein brain (pick up empty headed Frankenstein at the library) and/or build a scarecrow; ages 11-13, carve a pumpkin and/or build a scarecrow; ages 14-16, carve a pumpkin and/or build a scarecrow; and ages 17-200, carve a pumpkin and/or build a scarecrow.

Entries will be displayed throughout the library during the contest and library patrons will vote for their favorite coloring page, Frankenstein, pumpkin or scarecrow in each division. The entry with the most votes will win that division. Area residents who visit the library may vote for as many entries as they wish each day they come to the library. Voting is limited to one vote per entry per day, however, patrons may vote for their favorite entry each day they visit the library.

Refreshments and games will be part of the festivities on Oct. 26. The Scarecrow Ball and Birthday Bash will feature some of the book hounds' favorite treats including litterbox cake and rabbit meatloaf.

Book hounds, Murphy and Marley, celebrate their birthdays at the Scarecrow Ball each year because they found their forever home at the Newcomerstown Library on Halloween in 2005. They are now certified therapy dogs who devote much of their time to making reading fun for area children.