For the third year in a row, the Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County just wrapped up its community-wide scarecrow contest, open to anyone in the county to enter and to vote on.
This year, there were 18 entrants total across three categories: “Door-crow”, “Jumbo-crow” and “School-crow”. Community members voted on their favorite scarecrows on the Good Shepherd’s Facebook page throughout the month of October, and winners were announced on Oct. 31.
This year’s winners were:
Winner — Dawson County Health Department “Gnome”
Second place — Dr. Ed and Sue Dyckman “Angel Ghost”
Winner — Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital “Paddington Bear”
Second place — Dawsonville City Hall “Spider and His Web”
Winner — Blacks Mill Elementary School “GA Bulldog footballer”
Second place - Dawson County High School “We are 1Dawson”
All money raised through donations during the contest will go to support the Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County and its mission to provide free medical care to those in the county who can’t afford to pay for it.
According to Good Shepherd Executive Director Kay Parrish, she and other Good Shepherd leadership were pleased with the participation in this year’s contest.
“There were some great ones; there always are — the public is always so creative,” Parrish said. “And people did a really good job voting. A lot of the categories were close, many were within five votes for first and second.”
The contest first began in 2020 as a way of providing social-distanced fall fun and reminding people about the Good Shepherd’s mission during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, it has become a fun annual fall activity for the whole community to enjoy.
“It’s such a fun, virtual thing — it’s a lot of excitement in our community and I love it,” Parrish said. “Thank you to everybody who participated, voted and put up a scarecrow.”
To see photos of all the scarecrows in the contest, go to the Good Shepherd’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GoodShepherdClinicDawsonCoGA.
To learn more about The Good Shepherd of Dawson County and its mission in the community, go to https://www.goodshepherddawsonco.org/.