Even scarecrows have to face change

Scarecrow builders are encouraged to take their scarecrows home this year.

Scarecrow

Whether you’ve got a crow problem or just want to come out and create a scarecrow at the annual Uptown Rutland Scarecrow Festival on Sunday, Oct. 4, at Lions Park, 205 Gray Rd., there is something you need to know.

The one element traditionally used to stuff the insides of a scarecrow, namely hay, will be missing.

Due to a shortage of available hay this year, the festival organizers faced a challenge of how to make up to 150 scarecrows without perhaps the most important element.

“The festival committee loves how engaging it is for the attendees to build the scarecrows but we also realize the importance of staying within budget and not being wasteful,” said Laurel D’Andrea, executive director for the Uptown Rutland Business Association.

“Our team brainstormed for a solution then reached out to our community partner, the Kelowna Capital News, with a solution on how to stuff, plug or fill the scarecrows for 2015.”

Festival participants will be able to use newsprint “roll ends” to stuff the bodies, while there will be a limited amount of hay on site to finish off each scarecrow entry.

“We will still supply frames, potato sacks, felt pens to create the face, clothing and twine. We are also encouraging people to bring their own scarecrow building supplies from home, we have had some pretty unique scarecrows over the years and they keep getting better,” D’Andrea said.

Prizes will be awarded for the most original, made by a family and people’s choice. Some Rutland businesses are also doing “pre-made” scarecrows up for most original and best representation of your business award categories.

“The other thing that our committee is hoping, is for the families to take their scarecrow home. Halloween is just around the corner and it would look great in your yard,” D’Andrea added.

“That’s the other great thing about using less hay, it’s not as messy and parents might give in and let their kids take them home.

Besides scarecrow creations, the festival will also feature crafting, face painting, crazy hair, City of Kelowna Park & Play, Kelowna Chiefs on hand, a petting zoo, live local entertainment, market vendors, community group exhibits and the foodie trucks.

And it’s all for free. Also watch for the“apple crisp contest” sponsored by Coopers Foods in Rutland, with gift certificates offered as prizes.

Lions Park is located on Gray Road behind the Coopers Foods grocery store in Plaza 33. The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. For more info check out the website ourrutland.ca.