Penticton Farmers’ Market hosting scarecrow contest

Market inviting people to submit their best creation for judging by board and the public

The Penticton Farmer’s Market is bringing a popular farm staple to the city.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the public is invited to participate in the market’s inaugural scarecrow making contest in Gyro Park.

“Everybody loves scarecrows. Some are funny looking, others are a little scary but they all symbolize fall and the harvest season,” said market manager Erin Trainer.

“The Kamloops Regional Farmers Market hosts this contest every year and I thought the people who come to our market would enjoy it as well.”

For hndreds of years, the human-like figures have been used to keep crows and sparrows from feeding on crops.

Today, while there are modern techniques for keeping hungry birds away, you can still find scarecrows standing guard over farmers’ fields.

“For this contest, we want people to use their creativity. Dig around in your basement, garage or local thrift store. Ask your grandpa if you can use his old jeans. Find a funky hat. Source out some straw or hay. The more props and personality, the better,” said Trainer.

The contest is open to everyone: farmers, gardeners, families, community groups, businesses and individuals. Participants are invited to drop off their pre-built scarecrow at the market between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., or they can construct the scarecrow on site.

There are a few rules: entries must be homemade, given a name and completed and ready for judging by 10 a.m. They also must be picked up by 1 p.m.

Three members of the Penticton Farmers Market board will judge the scarecrows for first, second and third prizes. The public can also vote for their favourite scarecrow in the people’s choice category. Winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m.

The Penticton Farmers Market runs every Saturday until Oct. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 100 block of Main Street.

For more information email pentictonfarmersmarket@gmail.com or call 250-770-3276.

 

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