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Annual scarecrow contest returns to Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – The Hackettstown Business Improvement District in partnership with WRNJ Radio, will hold the 8th Annual Scarecrow Contest.

This year, the BID again invites visitors and residents to take a Scarecrow Selfie, and submit the photo to or send a message through Facebook. The BID will create a Facebook photo album where everyone can vote for his or her favorite—one ‘like’ per person, per photo entry. The selfie with the most ‘likes’ will win $25 in BID Bucks to spend at any BID business in Hackettstown and use #HackettstownBID.

The winning business will receive $1,500 worth of advertising on WRNJ.

The HKTWN BID businesses will be displaying scarecrows around town and will be judged by the Hackettstown BID Event Committee by November 3, 2020. The prize will be awarded to the most creative scarecrow and the winner will be announced on WRNJ on November 4, 2020.

BID businesses can submit their selection to or through a digital form on the BID’s website.

Participating businesses may choose any theme, be creative, and have fun. There will be no theme this year.   Every scarecrow must contain the basic characteristics of a traditional scarecrow, which include stuffing or hay that protrudes out of the hands, head, feet, and neck.  It cannot just be a mannequin in a costume.

The Hackettstown BID must be notified by the participating businesses no later than Wednesday, October 7, 2020, of their scarecrow design via email


  • 10/12 – All Scarecrows placed in front of participating businesses
  • 10/13 – Contest begins; Scarecrow Selfie Contest open
  • 11/3  – Judging deadline
  • 11/4 – Winner announced on WRNJ
  • 11/8 – Scarecrows can begin to be removed by businesses
  • 11/11 – Deadline for scarecrows to be removed by all businesses

For more information, call the BID office at 908-850-5004 or email

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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