SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission (SPCAC) will sponsor a Scarecrow Festival next month. The event will enable individuals, families, and/or groups to create scarecrows that will adorn the lawn at borough hall. 

“One of the objectives of the Cultural Arts Commission is to create opportunities for our citizens to enjoy and participate in cultural activities in the community. Everyone loves everything autumn these days, so we thought something like a scarecrow exhibit would allow people – groups or individuals - to get creative, show some South Plainfield community spirit, and give the town a little autumn flair,” said Joan O’Brien, a member of SPCAC. 

Participation in the program is free and limited to 20 entrants; SPCAC will provide the frame needed to hang the scarecrows on the lawn in front of the South Plainfield Municipal Building with participants responsible for the materials and creativity to create their own unique scarecrow. Each one will stand roughly 5-feet tall and should weigh under 25 pounds. 

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The scarecrows will be displayed on the lawn from Oct. 17 through Oct. 24. Members of the community will be able to stop by throughout the week – or during the South Plainfield Library’s 4th Annual Fall Festival, which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19 – to check out the scarecrows. Residents are also encouraged to take pictures of and with the scarecrows and tag the SPCAC on Facebook and Instagram. 

“We're hoping residents and some groups, like scouts and sports teams, will join in to represent who we are here in town. It would also be a lot of fun for some of our local artists to get involved and show off their talents,” said O’Brien. 

“It is exciting that our cultural arts commission is offering a new, family friendly and fall inspired event this year,” added Councilwoman Christine Faustini, the borough’s recreation liaison. “I look forward to seeing all the fun designs and creativity out there.”

Note, SPCAC reserves the right to refuse submissions not appropriate for public display. To register for the Scarecrow Festival, visit For additional information, email

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