Posted by Steve Jones-D'Agostino on Oct 08, 2020

The Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough has scared up an entry for the fifth annual Scarecrow Making Contest at Acton’s Cucurbit Farm. The contest, which kicked off on September 1 and goes through October, benefits the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Participants donate $25 for a wooden scarecrow frame to bring home and create a family-friendly (not too scary) scarecrow. Once finished, scarecrows are returned to the farm to be lined up along the road. Scarecrows will be on display through October, and the public is invited to vote for their favorite. Cash prizes are awarded for first ($100), second ($75), and third ($50) place.

Proceeds from the Scarecrow Making Contest benefit NAMI Central Middlesex, an organization that seeks to build better lives for people with mental-health conditions and their family members. NAMI has shifted a great deal of its programs to online opportunities during the pandemic. These free programs include support groups, weekly courses, and webinars.

For more information, Acton-Boxborough Past President Ann Sorvari, at, or