Haunting scarecrows bring more business to downtown McKenzie

McKENZIE, Tenn. — A West Tennessee city is getting into the Halloween spirit a little early this year.

With a change in the weather comes a change haunting McKenzie’s downtown square.

Cindy Bruton and Traci Pike with the Christian Care Center in McKenzie put the finishing touches on their company’s scarecrow display Friday afternoon.

“This is a fun way for us to get some recognition for who we are and what we do,” Bruton said.

It’s all part of the city’s annual contest, where businesses, clubs and individuals get a chance to show off their creative side.

But these decorations aren’t just to get people into the holiday spirit. Organizers say they have to shed the light on local businesses in McKenzie.

“Once they get here, if they’re not familiar with the area, then hopefully they’ll go and visit our stores,” city event coordinator Jennifer Waldrup said.

Waldrup says the scarecrows draw in dozens to the area.

“It’s amazing how many people do come just to look at all the different scarecrows,” she said.

For those like Bruton, it’s a way to get the word out about her business while giving back to the community.

“We really just love the city of McKenzie and appreciate their hard work and everything that they do for us,” she said.

The scarecrows will be on display at McKenzie’s downtown square until Halloween.

Those in the area can vote on their favorite scarecrow at McKenzie’s City Hall.

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