The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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October 2, 2013

Palestine Visitor Center launches month-long scarecrow scavenger hunt contest

PALESTINE — The Palestine Visitor Center’s newest “staff member” is scaring up some good fun around Palestine this month.

Oz the Scarecrow will be popping up all over town through the month of October for a new promotion sponsored by the Palestine Visitor Center. Promotion organizers plan to install Oz at 13 different locations throughout the city, and those who find him and photograph him in each of his secret hide-outs might just take home a cash prize.

“Our staff loves fall and really wanted to encourage people to explore the area,” Main Street Manager and Visitor Center Supervisor Laura Westgate said. “We contacted 13 locations and were overwhelmed with the positive response.”

He takes up his post at the first location today and will move to his second location on Friday, Oct. 4. He will move to subsequent locations every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the month.

People who find Oz are urged to take a photo with him, post it to the Visitor Center’s Facebook page or email it to center officials. That gets them into the drawing for a cash prize, to be awarded at the end of the month. Submit photos of you and Oz to and tag Palestine Visitor Center, or email them to One entry per location, per person, please.

Clues to Oz’s whereabouts will be provided weekly at a variety of venues — on the Visitor Center’s website,, and Facebook page,; and in an ad on page 5 of every Tuesday edition of the Palestine Herald-Press.

“We’re excited to partner with the Visitor Center,” Herald-Press Publisher Gary Connor said. “This is a fun way to get people out and about and promote our local attractions and events. Good luck to everyone in finding Oz.”

The contest is open to all and is family friendly, so don’t let Oz’s looks scare you, visitor center officials said.

“He’s a little creepy looking,” Visitor Information Specialist Renee Robinson said with a laugh. “That’s what inspired me to name him Oz — he reminds me of some of the characters on that old TV show, ‘Oz’.”

Promotion officials remind everyone to please be respectful of the areas where Oz is on display as many of the sites are private property.

Call Robinson at the center, 903-723-3014, with questions concerning the contest.

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