Scarecrows swamp Gonzales exhibit and scavenger hunt

JoAnn Eiswirth Chair, Awesome Arts on the Bayou Festival 2012
Scarecrow entry titled “Na-hay-zz” from Gonzales Furniture at 12282 Hwy. 432, St. Amant, in the Scarecrows Swamp Gonzales Exhibit & Scavenger Hunt of the River Region Art Association.

Come to the Gonzales area and get in the Halloween spirit of an entire community. The Scarecrows Swamp Gonzales Contest is a fun creative project of the River Region Art Association. Thirty-three businesses have recruited employees, family members, or even school or civic groups to create a life-size scarecrow at their business sites.

Honorary scarecrow judge Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will join a team of esteemed artists, painter Douglas Bourgeois and fiber artist Renee Hoeprich, to rate the scarecrows on creativity and quality of construction. Cash prizes are to be awarded the artists who created the winning scarecrows, as well as coveted, hand-crafted Vegetable Trophies awarded to the sponsoring businesses. Winners of the contest will be announced at the opening ceremonies of the Awesome Arts on the Bayou Festival at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 on the Jambalaya Park Stage in Gonzales. The park is located at 1015 E. Cornerview Street.

Members of the public are encouraged to join in the fun, too. Start by going to one of the business sites and picking up a scavenger hunt form. As you visit the scarecrows, have the business stamp your form. See how many stamps you can get. Next, turn in your form anytime during the Awesome Arts on the Bayou Festival to be held Oct. 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales for a chance to win some great prizes. The scavenger hunt prizes will be awarded at the closing of the festival on the Jambalaya Park Stage on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m.

The scarecrows are on exhibit Oct.1-14 for the scavenger hunt activities and will remain up for public enjoyment until Oct. 31.

Business Sponsors & Locations

• Adobe Western Stores, 12513 Airline Hwy., Gonzales

• Alison's World of Music, 14340 Airline Hwy., Gonzales

• ARC of East Ascension, The, 1122 E. Ascension Complex Blvd., Gonzales

• Ascension Chamber of Commerce, 1006 W. Hwy. 30, Gonzales

• Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales, 708 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales

• Bayou Babies, 43508 Quality Lane, Suite J, Gonzales

• Bertrand's Pharmacy, 2001 S. Burnside Ave., Gonzales

• Bonnie & Friends, 17239 Hwy. 44, Prairieville

• Cal's Bakery, 204 S. Burnside Ave., Gonzales

• Carlico Café,1506 N. Airline Hwy., Gonzales

• City of Gonzales/City Hall, 120 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales

• Debbie's Bridal, 1434 N. Burnside Ave., Suite 18, Gonzales

• Delaune's Supermarket, 12516 Hwy. 431, St. Amant

• EATEL, 913 S. Burnside Ave., Gonzales

• Gonzales Furniture, 12282 Hwy. 432, St. Amant

• Griffin Café, 36508 Event Rd., Geismar

• Harvest Supermarket, 12513 Hwy. 73, Geismar

• Ivy's Pride Tamales, 10037 Hwy. 22, St. Amant

• Louisiana Dental, 40470 Germany Rd., Gonzales

• Louisiana Nursery, 39245 Hwy. 42, Prairieville

• La Pharmacie, 209 S. Airline Hwy., Gonzales

• Leader's Fried Chicken, 201 Cornerview St., Gonzales

• Old Time Farm Supply, 13218 Hw. 44, Gonzales

• Red Carpet Salon & Tanning, 711 E. Ascension, Gonzales

• Roussel's of Gonzales, 1486 N. Airline Hwy., Gonzales

• SAC's Feed & Western Store, 125 S. Burnside Ave., Gonzales

• St. Michel Day Spa, 38113 Post Office Road, Prairieville

• Sign Masters, 625 S. Burnside Ave., Gonzales

• Skid Marks, 1312 W. Hwy. 30, Gonzales

• Tags & Titles, LLC, 11296 Hwy. 431, St. Amant

• Terry Dixon, State Farm Insurance, 524 S. Burnside, Gonzales

• This, That, & More, 43123 Weber City Rd., Gonzales

• Wright's Furniture, 202 W. Ascension St., Gonzales