Scarecrows back in business in downtown Georgetown

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Darlene Hamrick of Panasystems with her scary skeleton scarecrow.

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Maribel Velasquez of Foto Arte Esteban with their scarecrow creation.

GEORGETOWN – The scarecrows are back!

Again this year businesses and offices on East Market and South Bedford Streets in Georgetown have decorated the streets with individually created scarecrows.

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Rey Lopez of Staffmark with his Inca Princess scarecrow.

Visitors to the town are invited to stop and take a “selfie” with “Hannibal Lector” from the Sussex County Courthouse employees, the hippie artist contributed by Georgetown Arts & Flowers, or the elaborately gowned bride designed by Givens Florist and Gifts.

Or visitors can salute the U.S. military alongside the scarecrow from Lorenzo’s Bail Bonds, get prepared for Halloween by hugging Panasytems’ scary skeleton, or just look goofy with the happy go lucky entry from Foto Arte Esteban.

Along Market Street the courthouse employees have provided a scary witch and a stern bailiff to guard the entrance to the courthouse.

Staffmark has transformed a flowerpot into a fetching Inca Princess, while Collectors Corner has used a gourd to create a scarecrow with a very long nose.

The variety of colorful figures, all built by employees of the various businesses and offices, includes one with long white hair and a green smiling mouth from the International Family Market, a pink shirt clad fellow contributed by the Family Restaurant, and a “lady lawyer” with a green face from Sergovic and Carmean.

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Bruce Meade-e of The Upper Crust with “Prissy.”

The Georgetown Antique Mart furnished a friendly traditional scarecrow. The Department of Justice’s figure sports wading boots and suspenders, while the Town of Georgetown’s scarecrow is reportedly wearing the jacket of an unnamed town employee.

It is easy to know why the Republican entry is an elephant. Meanwhile the Public Defender’s figure is clad in black and white stripes …?

This year, businesses who contributed scarecrows in the past were joined by employees of the Sussex County Courthouse, the Sussex County Administration building, and the Public Defender’s Office.

Five scarecrows representing several of the county offices, including a stern librarian from the Library administration, a plumber complete with plunger and icky green shoes from the Engineering office, “Miss Assessment” from the Assessment Office, a flower laden entry from the Recorder of Deeds, and a fellow wearing the Sussex County seal from Human Resources appear along the first block of South Bedford Street. Finally, Georgetown Arts & Flowers’ contribution stands on West Market Street by the Brick Hotel.

Keith Steck of Stecktography contributed the colorful photos and Jay Baxter of Baxter Farms of Georgetown cut and donated the cornstalks which decorate the light poles along with the scarecrows.

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The librarian scarecrow from the Sussex County Department of Libraries.

The decorations will line the streets from the railroad tracks to the Circle and down one block of Bedford Street into early November, weather permitting.

Participating businesses and offices are the Town of Georgetown, Lorenzo’s Bail Bonds, The Upper Crust, Panasystems, Collector’s Corner, Georgetown Antique Mart, Georgetown Family Restaurant, Sussex County Republican headquarters, Foto Arte Esteban, Givens Florist, Sergovic and Carmean law offices, International Family Market, Staffmark, the Department of Justice, the Sussex County Courthouse, Sussex County offices, the Delaware Public Defender, and Georgetown Arts & Flowers, which sponsored the project.

Arts & Flowers is a local non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the attractiveness of the historic county seat.

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