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For the week of October 11 through 17, 2000

Photos by Willy Cook

Scarecrows in Hailey

Express Staff Writer

While there isn’t much corn to protect inside the Hailey Public Library, the interior is in full harvest mode and sporting approximately 20 homemade scarecrows. Halloween’s ghosts and goblins are waiting their turn.

For this first-ever Scarecrow Festival—beginning today through Oct. 21—each creation was concocted by individuals or families and can be voted on, for a buck a vote. Every scarecrow will win a ribbon, but the big winner will receive a special plaque.

Open to all ages, the contestants’ efforts will be displayed inside the library, though the Harvest Festival, beginning tomorrow afternoon, will be the highlight of the show.

During the Harvest Festival there will be a library card sign-up, harvest-theme children’s activities, a petting zoo, music, a story hour from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., videos, crafts and the last Farmers’ Market next to the library.

Setting the tone of the contest, assistant Hailey librarian Lisa Horton fashioned a large and cheery scarecrow titled Mother Nature, with flowers strewn all over it.

Shockingly unscary!

Another offering was a giant Goliath, with a David penguin on his arm, assembled by the folks at the Valley of Peace Lutheran Church—close to the contest’s 10-foot height maximum. No crows hangin’ around this puppy.

The Henning family made a humorous though not particularly frightening crow scarecrow. Clever.

The Crottys presented chipper twin scarecrows in a wagon, and there was even a Harry Potter on a broomstick flying high over the books—as would be appropriate for that highfalutin’ bestseller.

A squaw scarecrow with a papoose on the back was appropriately created by the Papoose club and Cheyenne Dial fabricated an adorable Cowardly Lion in shades. Hey, it’s Sun Valley, and bright out in those corn fields.

The proceeds from the buck-a-vote People’s Choice Award go to the Friends of the Hailey Library for children’s programs.


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