PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) -- Pontotoc city leaders say the Autumn Walking Trail is something the community looks forward to every year, and they are also hoping it will catch the attention of people who may be passing through and get them to stop and explore all Pontotoc has to offer.
"It brightens up downtown," said Pontotoc Mayor, Jeff Stafford.
Scarecrows are normally used to scare crows as the name implies, but Pontotoc business owners are using their scarecrows to draw more people into their downtown area.
"It helps downtown development and brings tourism to Pontotoc," said Stafford.
The scarecrows and decorative displays are all a part of the 6th Annual Autumn Walking Trail.
"We enjoy fall here in Pontotoc," said Ellen Russell the Pontotoc County Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Director.
Russell says participation in the Autumn Walking Trail continues to grow every year.
"We want to encourage people to get out and exercise and this is just a whimsical way of improving your walk having something different to look at," said Russell.
Miriam Clark is a downtown business owner and says the Autumn Walking Trail does in fact bring in more customers, noting, some customers even stop to take pictures with some of the scarecrows.
"Two of our very creative vendors worked on this Tonto scarecrow and Lone Ranger will ride in at about high noon today so it's a lot of fun."
Russell says everyone gets involved in the walking trail from City Hall to local retailers, even the Dentist's office.
City leaders note the trail is something that draws visitors not only from Pontotoc but from surrounding areas as well.
"That is what we are trying to do, is improve the foot traffic here in town and make Pontotoc a destination to come down and visit and have a good time," said Russell.