The winning scarecrows have been named in Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s Annual Scarecrows on Parade competition. Each year, the Zoo invites schools, art classes, scouts, and individual classrooms to create their own one-of-a-kind scarecrow designs, exhibited in front of the Greenhouse through the months of October and November. Once again, guests and Zoo staff were delighted by the silly, scary, freaky, and frightening results.

The Zoo provided the students with the materials needed to build a scarecrow, while participants supplied the design elements and creativity. Local companies stepped forward as sponsors, and underwrote the $250 cost for each scarecrow. Guests at Boo at the Zoo on October 29 voted for their favorite scarecrows in four categories, with prizes traditionally awarded the first week of November. This year’s winners are:

Best in Show: The Phoenix, created by The Academy Art Class in Milford, taught by Mrs. Dancho. Sponsored by Milford Animal Hospital.

Best Whimsical Scarecrow: The Mermaid, created by Classical Studies Magnet Academy Annex in Bridgeport, taught by Mrs. Eschert. Sponsored by Aquarion Water Company.

Best Traditional Scarecrow: Unnamed, created by Long Hill Elementary School in Shelton, taught by Mrs. Manus. Sponsored by David Grant Catering.

Best Animal Scarecrow: The Bee Hive, created by Orange Community Nursery School in Orange. Sponsored by Sean-Michael Green and Family.

“Children’s imaginations make this event so much fun for everyone,” said Gregg Dancho, zoo director. “Every year we can’t wait to see what the students come up with, and we’re never disappointed!”