Chamber president spreads kindness by replacing missing scarecrow pieces

Two 2017 Edmonds Scarecrow Festival entries that had parts of their display missing were made whole earlier this week, thanks to the work of Greg Urban, President and CEO of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce.

“It sucks that people spend the time and effort to create them, then someone steals them,” said Urban, referring to the recent disappearance of a dog from the Edmonds Senior Center display and a set of emojis from the Insurance Services Group scarecrow.

Urban said he had been inspired by the “Make Kindness Normal” movement launched during an Edmonds Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast earlier this month.

“The Make Kindness Normal motto has been going through my mind, so I used by artistic/crafting skills to put right what went wrong,” he said.


  1. Thank you, Greg! The Scarecrow Festival is a Free/Fun/Family Friendly event and you are correct that a lot of thought and effort goes into making each scarecrow. Almost 400 scarecrows have been built in the 5 years of the Festival, and vandalism/theft have been a modest, but recurring issue. Your thoughtfulness and sharing of obvious artistic skills is much appreciated, provides a valuable lesson for each of us, and hopefully provides perpetrators at least a twinge of conscience.

    Dave Buelow
    Edmonds Historic Museum
    Scarecrow Festival Co-ordinator

  2. Wow, coyote coat guy! You didn’t mention your heroics last night at the Halloween fest. As Larry says, “Good on you”! Well done.

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