Volunteers decorate downtown Jasper for fall season

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Downtown Jasper became a festive fall scene last week, all in the span of one day.

Pumpkins, hay bales, scarecrows, and mums are placed at business fronts throughout downtown Jasper in what has been called the "Fall on Main" initiative to decorate the district for the fall season.

State Farm Insurance Agent Gina Scruggs led the effort to organize Fall on Main that brought volunteers from the Walker College Foundation, the Jasper Vikings football team, participants of the Slow Spokes downtown bike riding program, and others together to distribute items for decoration.

Scruggs said Courtney Boren came up with the idea for the Fall on Main project. Boren is the wife of Mason Boren, owner of downtown's Twisted Barley Brewing Company.

Pinnacle Bank of Jasper sponsored the project.

All of the volunteers delivered 100 colorful mums, 240 classic orange pumpkins, and 80 bay bales — six truckloads worth — to storefronts last Wednesday. 

Slow Spokes volunteers drove the trucks around downtown Jasper, and the Jasper High School football team helped unload the festive items.  

"We could not have done the delivery without the football team. It would have taken us days," Scruggs said. "A big shout-out to Coach Bailey and the football team for helping make it happen."

Other volunteers helped decorate business fronts for merchants who needed assistance.

A Fall on Main sign is also displayed at each decorated area with fall messages such as "pumpkin spice and everything nice" and "fall is my favorite color."

Scruggs said Maci Nichols, a student at Jasper High and Slow Spokes participant, helped decorate the signs with some of her friends.

A video to commemorate the project was also shared on Facebook. Scruggs said Cristy Moody and Jim Trotter of the Walker Area Community Foundation took pictures while volunteers decorated, and Trotter helped to put together a montage to share the community's effort.

Scruggs said Fall on Main would not have possible without the investment so many people placed in beautifying their community. 

"The cool thing is that we were able to do it in a day," she said.