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Two Boys Grocery, Amanda Nelson named Scarecrow contest winners at Condon

The Times-Journal of Condon, Oregon

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"It was 5:30 in the morning and I am driving down Main Street in Condon," reports a local resident. "I look over at the Bank of Eastern Oregon and the window looks broken and I thought I should call 911. Upon closer look, I notice the caution tape around the window and realize it is part of the Scarecrow contest. It looked so real!"

A traveling car club is driving through Condon and stopped at Two Boys Meat & Grocery Store, they tell the cashier they really like all the work everyone goes to for the Scarecrow contest.

"It really makes the town inviting and of great interest to those driving through. What a fantastic idea to encourage tourism."

Condon's Scarecrow contest, sponsored annually during October by the Condon Chamber of Commerce, has created much interest by locals and travelers alike. Though the judging for the contest has been completed, scarecrow owners are encouraged to leave them in place as long as practicable.

Winners in the residential contest are first place Amanda Nelson, first place; Dawn Parm's 'I got a rock' display, second; and Ed and Diane Cooney's scarecrow couple display, third. Earning honorable mention in the residential category were JoAnn Houston, Jana Griffith, John Bold and Mike Long.

In the commercial category, contest winners were Two Boys Meat & Grocery Store, first; Open Country Feed & Farm Store, second; and the Soil & Water Conser-vation District 'farmer' scarecrow in front of M&A Auto.

Earning honorable mention in the commercial category are Jonna Rattray, Bank of Eastern Oregon.

Melanie's Such & Such, Summit Springs Village, Jamieson & Marshall, The Round-Up Bar & Grill, Country Flowers, Holly's General Mercantile, Murray's Condon Pharmacy, Columbia Basin Electric, Trim West, City of Condon, DA Auto, Times-Journal, Post Office, Wheatland Insurance, the Historical Society, Condon's Cafe, the Garden Club and Summit Springs Memory Care Unit.

Condon Chamber of Commerce are pleased year after year that so many enter the contest and offers congratulations to the winners and all who participate.

Residential category winners will receive $50 for first place, $25 for second place and $15 for third place. First place winner in the Commercial category will receive free membership to the Chamber of Commerce for one year; and second and third place winners will receive a one-year membership to the Chamber of Commerce for half-price.

The Scarecrow Contest has been in place in Condon for the past seven years and continues to draw the attention and appreciation of all who see the fanciful Halloween concoctions. The event draws attention to the community's ingenuity, sense of humor and youthful spirit.

The Chamber of Commerce also sponsors the popular 'Trick or Treat Main Street' event, which provides a safe venue for youngsters from the greater Condon community to trick-or-treat at Main Street businesses from 3 to 5 p.m. in the afternoon. As many as 150 youngsters from Condon and other communities took part in this event on Halloween this year, and nearly 80 'haunted hot dogs' were served following the Main Street 'madness' at the Memorial Hall, courtesy of Allete Clean Energy.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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