Threat of Hurricane Michael puts damper on Fort Mill Scarecrow Crawl

- It's not every day you see Mr. Moneybags in downtown Fort Mill.

“Folks come out here, take selfies, they have their family pictures made,” said Caroline Hasty, the founder of the Fort Mill Scarecrow Crawl Competition.

A flair for the dramatic with nearly 100 scarecrows lining the streets in downtown Fort Mill.

"The motivation behind the Scarecrow Crawl is to get folks out of their cars and walking into beautiful Millstone Park, Veterans Park, and into our downtown,” said Hasty.

This year, Hurricane Michael is putting a damper on things. Some are waiting to whip out their Fall creation, while others are covering them with plastic bags for the expected downpour.

Meanwhile, firefighters are making sure all their swift water rescue equipment is in tip top shape for when the storm hits.

"We asked all of our fire departments to ensure all their equipment is fueled and ready in case we need to put it in motion,” said Deputy Director of York County Emergency Management Mike Channell. 

The State of South Carolina held a conference call with York County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service Tuesday morning ahead of the anticipated heavy rain.

“The counties have input if there is anything they’re doing at the moment. Right now, we’re all on standby mode. The state gives a briefing on what they plan to do.”

One thing's for sure, Mr. Moneybags is wrapped up and ready to go for the hurricane.

The Scarecrow Crawl will be up and running from October 15-31. Winners will receive a $100 gift card to a local restaurant.
 

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