2010-04-28 / Letters to the Editor

Not too late to enter scarecrow contest

The first entry forms for the Spring Scary Scarecrow Competition have come in and hopefully, more will arrive before this Saturday, May 1. It will be fun seeing the scarecrows and finding out the scarecrows’ names.

As this first competition is to create a bird scarer, I wonder how many shiny tin cans and flapping bits of foil we will see. Has anyone thought of using old CDs? They would twist very nicely in the breeze.

I found the hardest part to be deciding what to use for the head, but I found that a stuffed plastic bag or an old float worked well. Sophie, Sally’s little friend made by Kate and her granny (me), has a head made out of an old float. The hole in the center made it easy to secure to the post.

Shawn McAndrews was kind enough to show me a book entitled “Ephemeral Folk Figures, Scarecrows, Harvest Figures and Snowmen” by Avon Neal, with photographs by Ann Parker and published by Clarkson Potter from here in Jamestown. In it, there are many examples of simple scarecrows. I remember one that was a simple cross with an old shirt or coat and a simple oval head, maybe an old football. There were elaborate examples, too.

Eric Archer phoned me to let me know how pleased he is that we are doing this to raise money for Jamestown Community Farm and that the Community Farm will send out letters to entrants acknowledging their tax-deductible contribution. It all helps, doesn’t it?

Sally still has entry forms in her basket, so do pop in to the driveway at 155 Conanicus Ave. to pick one up. Mail it back at your convenience.

I’m also delighted that Ursula Parenteau of Ursula Michael Designs in Jamestown has offered to help in the future, so keep crafting scarecrows all you crafty people.

Summer will soon be here.
Judy Knight

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