NORFOLK, Neb. -- Those who have taken a stroll through downtown Norfolk lately, may have noticed some scarecrows on their walk.

They might've been on a bench, in a storefront window, or even hanging out with their family. 

"There are so many people I've seen stop and take a picture of a scarecrow," said Scott Buss, the Marketing Coordinator for the Downtown Norfolk Association.

The Norfolk Area Visitor Bureau and the Downtown Norfolk Association are holding the First Annual Scarecrow Contest this month.

Passersby will then be able to vote online for their favorite.

Both agencies wanted to bring a fall activity to downtown Norfolk in conjunction with local businesses.

"I talked to a bunch of the businesses to see what they wanted to do and what they were interested in. The response was overwhelming," Buss said. "So, many people wanted to do something. They were so excited to show off their store."

Eighteen businesses are competing in the contest.

A majority of the scarecrows can be found between North 1st St. and North 7th St. 

Traci Jeffrey, the director of Visit Norfolk, said the contest was a great idea to get residents to come downtown and celebrate the fall season.

"We think this was something fun that we were missing in the Fall time," Jeffrey said. "We have a beautiful downtown, the trees are starting to change and so we thought what a great way to celebrate our Fall season because we don't have a lot of things going right now."

The winner of the contest will get a $100 gift card.

Click here to see all the entries and to vote.