As festivals go, Thanksgiving weekend’s annual event at Smallpond Arts is perhaps the ‘scariest’.
The 6th annual Scarecrow Festival in Prince Edward County saw over 75 scarecrows created and stuffed, just slightly down from last year’s event.
Krista Dalby, organizer of the festival, said that the whole of the event is a family oriented affair that gives gathering families a perfect group activity to participate in.
“We give them a stake and we have a mountain of clothes for them to choose from and a big pile of straw that they can stuff their scarecrow with and overall be really creative,” she said.
Creating this custom scarecrow only costs families $25 and they take their straw people home with them, in trunks and even strapped to the roofs of their vehicles. Dalby said the participants tend to keep their creations long past the fall season.
For the O’triscoll family from Oshawa, the county festival has become a tradition as the couple and their two children Oisin and Saoirse created a scarecrow named Scary Jenna, an accompaniment to last year’s creation Scary Jack. Jenna will spend Thanksgiving with the family before meeting her other half.
Every year the festival uses the event as a fund raiser for a local group. This year the festival collected funds for the Firelight Lantern Festival set for November 12 at the Crystal Palace in Picton.