Each October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. In honor of all those who have struggled, who have overcome, or who will struggle with the challenge of learning to read, Illuminations holds a Fall Festival at Bonita Lakes Park in Meridian, MS. As the highlight of this event, local businesses create a scarecrow to represent what they do and highlight creativity. Attendees vote on the best scarecrow and the winners are recognized and awarded prizes. All funds raised support low income families needing dyslexia therapy services.
The Meridian Museum of Art group, Vino and Van Gogh, put together this unique "bucketful of scarecrows." Each represents a famous artist. The crowd loved the creativity and use of materials.
The Meridian Museum of Art (MMA) is housed in the historic Old Carnegie Library building, which was constructed in 1912-13, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a Mississippi Landmark. The Museum seeks to promote and support the art, artists, and art programs of our area and region through art education, exhibitions, collections, collaborations with other organizations, special events, and community involvement.
It is free and open to the public.
One of the sponsored scarecrows came in second place. Till Newell Animal Hospital sponsored our fellow non-profit, PLFC and their creation, "Rugged Camper" won over the crowd.
The mission of Pine Lake Fellowship Camp is to provide an environment that draws people of all ages and of diverse backgrounds into renewal of spirit, soul, and body and into reconciliation with God, creation, and each other.
It was neck and neck for quite a while, and this creep fellow was leading the way at several points in the competition. Weidmann’s was serving up the scares with their scarecrow.
The oldest restaurant in Mississippi, Weidmann's was established in 1870 by Felix Weidmann, a Swiss immigrant who was a chef on a transatlantic steam ship. The present location has been in operation since 1923.
We could not pull off an event like this without you!
Support these businesses! They support nonprofits!
Fun Time Event Services https://www.funtimems.com/
Magnolia Soap and Bath, Meridian https://magnoliasoapandbath.com/
Magnolia Beverage Company. http://www.magbevco.com/
DC Guitar, http://www.dcguitarstudio.com/
Citizen's National Bank, https://www.yourcnb.com/
Heritage Building Corporation
Till Newell Animal Hospital https://www.tillnewellanimalhospital.com/
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Johnson Dodge https://www.johnsondodge.net/
Meridian Plastic Surgery https://www.meridianplasticsurgery.com/
Civitan of Meridian
Threefoot Brewing https://www.threefootbrewing.com/
DC Guitar Studio
Great Southern Bank
Shine Pediatric Psychology
Brainstorm Creative Group
Regions Bank, Bonita Lakes Branch
Arts and Community Events Society
Meridian Community College
Meridian Museum of Art
McCarty Children's Dentistry
Meridian Underground Music: MUM
Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience
Pine Lake Fellowship Camp
Hope Village for Children
Aldersgate Retirement Community
MUTEH: Mississippi United to End Homelessness
Mississippi Children's Museum- Meridian
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