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Downtown Park Hills Scarecrow Contest announces winners

The fifth annual Scarecrow Contest in Park Hills was a scary success, with the four winners being selected Nov. 2.

The Downtown Park Hills Association (DPHA) wrote in a Facebook post, “We are thrilled to reveal the champions of this year’s Downtown Park Hills Association Scarecrow Contest! In its 5th edition, the level of creativity and dedication displayed in crafting each scarecrow was simply astonishing. This event has grown to be a cherished tradition in our community, and it’s all thanks to your fantastic support.”

The DPHA is supported by the downtown businesses in Park Hills. They host annual events like Trunk N Treat and Olde Tyme Christmas. The DPHA’s website says, “The organization is to create interest in the city, to enhance sales, and community bonding.” They have a goal to support and promote local businesses, which was fully accomplished by the scarecrow contest that began voting on Oct. 17. There were 34 scarecrow entries, with only four categories/winners being selected.

The 2023 ‘People’s Choice’ winner in the fifth annual Scarecrow Contest in Park Hills is Copper Fox Contrived. Submitted photo

Winners included People’s Choice, Copper Fox Contrived; Most Creative, Salem Creek Cattle Company; Most Traditional, Botkin Lawn Service, and Best Representation of an Entity, Park Hills Senior Center.

Votes were made via the DPHA’s Facebook page original post, where people voted by interacting (liking, loving, or caring) to the scarecrow’s photo by the end of Halloween night. Many of the entries received hundreds of interactions on their photos, with Copper Fox Contrived earning over a thousand interactions as the “People’s Choice” winner.

The DPHA wrapped up their Facebook post, along with the spooky season, by writing a thank you to all who took part in the event. “Let’s offer a resounding round of applause to all the winners for their remarkable contributions to this event. An extra special shoutout goes to Ameren Missouri for generously allowing us to use their light poles once again. Their support is integral to making this beloved community event happen. Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who participated and voted. This event truly showcases the spirit of our incredible community.”
To learn more about the DPHA and the events it supports or to become a DPHA member, go to

You can also follow the DPHA Facebook page to learn more about the contest or to check out this year’s scarecrow winners, as well as those from years past.

Stephanie Kim is the assistant editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at

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