Bethany Country Market to Feature September Scarecrow Contest

BETHANY – The Bethany Open-Air Country Market — featuring local produce, eggs, flowers, handmade crafts, estate sale items and more — will continue a series of contests with a scarecrow competition on September 25. $100 in cash prizes will be awarded.

“We’re hoping kids of all ages from all over the county bring their free-standing scarecrow creations to the market this month and try to win the first place prize of $50, second place prize of $30, and third place prize of $20,” stated Amy VanHorn, a member of the committee organizing the event. “Half of the votes are from the public, so we are encouraging the kids to bring their friends and family to vote and enjoy the market.”

The market will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. All entries must be up for display by 8:30 am on market day. Judging will be held at 10:30 am. The committee reserves the right to refuse an entry which it thinks may be offensive to the public.

Held on the last Saturday of the month July-October, the August 28 Open-Air Country Market included an old-fashioned pie baking contest sponsored by Marc and Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko, who donated $200 for first and a tied second place. The funds were donated to charities chosen by the winners.

Eden Rice and VanHorn won first place with their peanut butter pie. The pair donated their $100 prize to the Feather Fund Organization ( Tied for second place were Ruth Brown for her berry pie and Beth Patsch for her apple pie. Brown donated $50 to the YWCA Domestic Violence Women's Shelter, and Patsch gave her $50 prize to the Brooke County Animal Shelter. The judges were Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko, Annie Miller and Jeff Walden, Pastry Chef for Chartwells.

The October 30 market will include a pumpkin decorating and carving contest with cash prizes.

The Open Air Market  has received support from Marc and Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko,  Bethany College Department of Social Work, town of Bethany, Brooke County Health Department, Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield and Ohio Valley Septic.

Vendor fees are $5 per day. All crops and crafts are to be grown or made within a 25-mile radius of Bethany.  The market is held in Bethany, W.Va., on Ross Street from 9:00 a.m.–1 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month.  Sellers are welcome. To reserve a spot, contact or 304-829-7150.