BRISTOL BOROUGH >> Summer may have hung on a little longer than expected, but Bristol Borough’s Raising the Bar civic group will welcome the fall with its third Annual Mill Street Scarecrow exhibit from October 11 to November 2.
Mill Street will be lined with scarecrows created by businesses, civic organizations, schools and individual families. A team of judges will evaluate the entries in three categories: most original, most humorous and most “Bristol.”
Bristol Borough’s business district and riverfront has enjoyed a dramatic resurgence in recent years, with new shops, bustling restaurants and a thriving arts community, while Raising the Bar focuses on economic development, dining specialty retail and the arts.
“We’ve seen a significant uptick in business openings and visitors to the street,” said Bill Pezza, president of Raising the Bar. “They come to find out what the Bristol buzz is about, and they like what they see. The scarecrow exhibit is just another of a series of popular events and festivals in the Borough that attracts visitors. The Borough hosts 12 major events in the spring/summer season and a concert series hosted by the Bristol Lions Club each Sunday night.
“The annual Oldies in the Park Doo Wop concert, which draws several thousand people to the waterfront, is traditionally the last of the summer events and festivals and the scarecrows mark the welcome transition to the fall,” Pezza said.
Raising the Bar member and business owner Mycle Gorman works with the Borough to provide seasonal decorations. “We love the hanging flower baskets and flags that adorn the street in spring and summer, but we really kick into high gear for Halloween and Christmas,” Gorman said. “The Borough’s success has become contagious and shopkeepers turn it up a notch each year,” he added.
“Raising the Bar and the rejuvenated Business Association under the leadership of Steve Mooney, work well together to advance the street, and that bodes well for the future,” Pezza said. “As our slogan says, ‘Come for the History. Stay for the fun.’”
Readers are invited to explore VisitBristolBorough.com for a complete list of Borough activities as well as shops and restaurants.