Reading DID announces winners of 2017 scarecrow contest

READING, Pa. - And the winners are...

The Reading Downtown Improvement District announced Tuesday afternoon the winners of its annual scarecrow contest on Penn Street.

Tied for first place are a Minion scarecrow by the YMCA of Reading (located on the south side of the 400 block of Penn Street) and a Spiderman scarecrow by Destination Realty (located on the southwest corner of Sixth and Penn streets).

The I-LEAD Charter School's scarecrow (located on the north side of the 400 block of Penn Street) took second place, and the Council on Chemical Abuse's scarecrow (located on the northeast corner of Sixth and Penn Streets) finished third.

This year's judging team was made up of Levi Landis, executive director fo the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts; a class of preschool students at the YMCA of Reading; and Christian Vazquez, a sixth-grade student at Southern Middle School.

"I'm sure they had a difficult time picking the top entries out of all the creative scarecrows that were entered," said Chuck Broad, DID's executive director.

Other businesses and organizations that crafted scarecrows for the contest were Abilities in Motion, Children's Home of Reading, DoubleTree Hotel, Liberty Environmental, Olivet Boys & Girls Club, Prospectus Berco, Reading Recreation at 11th and Pike and Third and Spruce, and Reading Public Library.

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