Scarecrow Contest & Auction Benefits Local Gardens

Scarecrows have long been a staple in gardens and fields around the world. Traditionally designed to resemble the human figure, scarecrows are intended to keep birds and other pests away from fresh garden produce. Although scarecrows are still used regularly in many European countries, over the years they have become more of a folk art installation, rather than a functional feature in gardens across the United States.

A small group of Lawrence residents would like to foster a resurgence of scarecrows in the area. With that in mind; they have orchestrated Lawrence’s first annual Scarecrow Contest & Auction. Area residents and groups are encouraged to build a scarecrow and enter it into the competition. Throughout the month of October, scarecrows will be on display at Central Garden @ Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, the Four Winds Native Center Community Garden and at Cottin's Hardware & Rental. On Friday, October 26, 2012 the scarecrows will be moved to 832 Pennsylvania Street and a panel of five Lawrence judges will choose the winning entries. All of the scarecrows entered into the contest will then be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds from the contest and auction will be donated to Central Garden and to The Four Winds Native Center Garden.

Scarecrow events include a demonstration and two scarecrow making workshops. The first workshop will be held at Central Garden, 1500 Massachusetts Street, Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. The Scarecrow Making Workshop includes materials for one scarecrow with a paid contest entry fee of $10 or bring your own supplies and the workshop is free!

The second Scarecrow Making Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Four Winds Native Center, 1500 Haskell Avenue, Lawrence. Again, the workshop is free, but a paid contest entry fee of $10 will get you materials to build one scarecrow.

To kick off the whole event, a Scarecrow Making Demonstration will be held at Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market this Thursday, September 27, 2012. KT Walsh will demonstrate proper scarecrow building techniques and share tips and tricks useful in creating a functional and weather resistant scarecrow. KT will be building two scarecrows throughout the course of the market, using clothes donated by the Social Service League and other materials donated by Cottin's Hardware & Rental.

Brad Hoopes, pianist, will provide delightful background music for the event with the help of several of his friends. Rumor has it that Ardys Ramberg may stop by for a quick song or two also.

The Ross Family will fry up some of Thomasine’s delicious fry bread and serve their Indian tacos to hungry market patrons.

Somehow, despite the absence of traditional scarecrows in their fields, many area farmers have been able to stave off pests and produce a delightful bounty of fruits and vegetables for Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market patrons.

This week’s participating vendors include:

Avery's Produce

Backyard Produce

Cook's BBQ (not actually selling BBQ)

Drum Creek Farm

Fieldstone Orchard

Free State Brewing

Iwig Dairy

Martin Farm

My Neighbor Steve

New Boston Coop

Pinwheel Farm

Ross Family Indian Tacos

Stony Ridge Farms

Upward Spirals Bake Goods

Valley View Farm

Vinland Valley Nursery

Wakarusa Valley Farm

The Yeast We Can Do

More information on the Scarecrow Contest & Auction can be found on the Cottin’s Hardware & Rental website or on the Scarecrow Contest & Auction facebook page. Details and entry forms are also available at Cottin’s Hardware & Rental.

Tagged: Workshop, Scarecrow Contest & Auction, Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market, Central Garden, Four Winds Native Center


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