ANDOVER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A fun twist on an Andover Halloween tradition has turned into a friendly competition amongst schools in the town.
Andover's yearly Scarecrow Festival is a popular fundraiser for the Andover Coalition for Education that sees scarecrows bought and sponsored by different people or businesses. They're dressed up and line the streets of Andover.
This year, however, the festival expanded to the town's schools. This year people can buy a plastic pumpkin and leave it one of the schools in the town, which has led to unplanned and friendly competition amongst schools.
Andover Coalition for Education President Lenore Price said the competition is a win-win situation for them and the schools.
"Every time we send around a little note with the tally we tend to get a few more donations coming in so that each school tries to end up with the most in their patch," Price told WBZ's Karyn Regal.
West Elementary School is in the lead at the moment, however, there is no direct "winner" of the competition. The money raised from the fundraiser is distributed evenly amongst all of the schools in the district.
WBZ's Karyn Regal (@karynregal) reports.