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Scarecrows stalk fair

For the first time, a garden’s most frightening tenant will be welcomed at the Washington County Fair.

Entries for the county fair’s inaugural scarecrow contest will be accepted Tuesday, July 23, at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Entries can be dropped off between 1 and 6 p.m.

After strolling through surrounding county fairs, Don and Shirley Schoeler, fair superintendents of land products, were inspired by the creativity they saw that went into making these scary men.

“How they put materials together was amazing,” Shirley Schoeler said. “I was so impressed.”

They’ve seen entries that are classically cute, clad in overalls and plaid; as well as sculpted works of art welded together from various metals. The Schoelers have seen pumpkins used as heads, scarecrows sitting on horses and even tin cans making up body parts, and are looking forward to similar entries this year in Washington County.

Scarecrows should not be taller or wider than 6 feet, and must be handmade from non-perishable items.

Washington County Fair Board members will judge the entries, which will be displayed throughout the fair, which runs July 25 to 28.

After picking up entries on Monday, July 29, creators can take them home and stake them next to crops to keep birds and pests from devouring harvests.

Entries will be judged on originality, use of materials, authenticity and workmanship.

The first place winner will be awarded $25; the second place winner will receive $10 and third place will take home $5. There will also be a people’s choice award, selected from the votes of fair attendants.

Age groups include 15-years-old and younger; 16-years-old and older; and a group project scarecrow.

Stop by the land products booth near the demonstration gardens during the fair to check out the entries.

There will also be the annual kids contest to grow the tallest bean plant in a milk jug.

Visit bigfairfun.com for registration information and more details.




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