2021 was the first year for the Invasion of the Scarecrows fundraiser for the Forest Park Arts Alliance and the Historical Society of Forest Park. The 100 scarecrow kits the two local organizations created sold out quickly, and Forest Park residents who decided to become part of the “Invasion” and display scarecrows in front of their homes showed off their creativity, talents, and pride in Forest Park. Some of their creations were funny, some were scary, some were very clever, and all were very unique.
Forest Park residents and non-residents alike were able to find the scarecrow locations on an online interactive map on the historical society’s website, and they were also able to vote for their favorites in four different categories online
All four winners received merchandise and/or gift certificates from local businesses. The Historical Society of Forest Park and the Forest Park Arts Alliance are grateful for merchandise donations from the following local businesses and organizations: Brown Cow, Exit Strategy, Kribi Coffee, Jimmy’s, Maison de Bonbon, McAdam Landscaping, O’Sullivan’s Public House, Starship Subs, as well as several anonymous individuals. The Forest Park Art’s Alliance and the Historical Society of Forest Park also donated prizes. A special Thank You goes to the sponsors Ed’s Way and Jimmy’s for their extremely generous donations.
100 more scarecrow kits will be available for purchase starting next July. The Arts Alliance of Forest Park and the Forest Park Historical Society hope that this year’s “invaders” will want to be involved again in 2022 again as well, and that 200 new scarecrows will be invading Forest Park next fall.