Enter the fifth annual Scarecrow Contest as part of Lakewood Ranch's Boo Fest, the annual free family Halloween gathering, Oct. 25 on Main Street. You can register your scarecrow online now in order to have it displayed on one of the lamp posts along Main. Judging will be held during Boo Fest, 6-9 p.m., and the winners will receive gift cards from Trattoria, MacAllisters, Ed’s Tavern, Pinchers Crab Shack.
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Jason Bartolone: Jason returned for his second tour of duty at the Herald in August 2013 as East Manatee Editor, following a three-year stint with local news startup Patch. He previously served as a copy editor/page designer and Page 1A editor with the paper from 2005-10. He has more than 10 years of journalism experience and holds a degree in journalism from Penn State University. A New Jersey native, Jason moved to Florida in 2005 and now resides in Lakewood Ranch with his wife and infant son. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @jasonbartolone.