Best-in-Crow Award 2012IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Orange County Great Park today announced the top winners of the third annual Scarecrows in the Park fundraising competition, which challenges local businesses and community organizations to build creative, themed scarecrows that are displayed for public voting at the Great Park’s Farm + Food Lab and on the Great Park’s website.

The 2012 edition of the competition was the most successful ever, raising $13,000 to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and the Great Park Farm + Food Lab children’s educational programs. The funds will provide meals for nearly 20,000 people and support Great Park educational programming that is expected to reach 6,000 children.

“We congratulate the winners and all the Orange County companies and community organizations that took part in this year’s Scarecrows in the Park fundraising event,” said Beth Krom, Chair, Orange County Great Park Corporation. “Each $500 entry fee paid by participants helped Second Harvest Food Bank provide meals for hungry families and support the ongoing monthly children’s workshop series and educational exhibits at the Great Park Farm + Food Lab.”

Best-in-Crow Award (most on-site votes):
· Scarecrow name: “OCP Avengers”
· Builder: Orange County Produce
· Sponsor: Orange County Produce

Digi-Crow Award (most online votes):

· Scarecrow name: “Firefighter Don”

· Builder: California Fire Museum and Safety Learning Center

· Sponsor: Forde and Mollrich

Critic’s Choice Award (chosen by a committee of judges from the Great Park Arts, Culture and Heritage team):

· Scarecrow name: “Kids Choice 2012…if we could vote”

· Builder: Alderwood Elementary School third grade class

· Sponsor: Foundation for the Great Park.

Award winners and participants were publicly recognized in a special ceremony at the Great Park Board meeting earlier today. All participants received a certificate of appreciation and picture of their scarecrow.

The Orange County Great Park is located at Sand Canyon and Marine Way, and can easily be reached by the 5 or 405 freeways.

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