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September 23, 2012

Familiar face: Culver falls into favorite time of year

PRINCETON — Natasha Culver can’t get enough of fall.

It’s her favorite time of the year, and Monday morning, it wasn’t hard to see why. Her office contains the smells of the season: pumpkin, leaves and apple spice.

Before she even makes it to her office, though, Culver glances at her project — a large scarecrow in the window of City National Bank. For the third consecutive year, Culver’s the chairperson for AutumnFest’s annual scarecrow contest.

In the contest, Princeton area businesses decorate scarecrows and collect penny votes. The winner is the business that collects the most money. All of the money raised then goes to the charity of the winner’s choice.

“I got started working at AutumnFest thanks to my boss, Sherri Anderson,” Culver explained inside her office. “She had been working with the celebration for the first couple of years, and she was going to be busy, so she asked me to step in.”

This year, she’s added a new twist to the contest. An anonymous group of judges will visit each of the locations with a scarecrow, and determine which one looks the best. That business will receive a traveling trophy.

Culver has even started to branch out from the scarecrow contest. This year, she’s the co-chair for the organizing committee for the festival on Sept. 29.

“I like being involved with the public,” Culver said. “It’s good to see others give back and to be able to give back.”

Aside from AutumnFest, Culver’s also excited about fall because it’s football season. Culver enjoys watching the West Virginia Mountaineers. She’s really excited for this year.

“Everybody’s been talking about the switch to the Big XII,” Culver said while glancing at a football she keeps in her office. “They’ve got me pretty excited about it.”

Adding to Culver’s excitement about football and fall is the contest that City National is running. To encourage the employees to sign customers up for loans and accounts, they’re running an “Are you ready for some football?” contest.

“The loans and accounts, that’s how we get yardage,” Culver explained. “We could get some prizes at the end of the contest.”

Like with AutumnFest, Culver can’t get enough of helping people.

Maybe, that’s why she says that fall is one of her favorite times of the year because she can do something she loves — helping people — anytime.

— Contact Matt Christian at mchristian@ptonline.net.

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