I became involved with the Scarecrow Festival in 2017. My husband, John, has been on the board since 2015. The first year I mainly helped with events such as children’s workshop, scarecrow patrol, flag making etc. I didn’t think I was artistic enough to build a scarecrow and wasn’t sure I wanted to make the commitment.
In 2018, Taylor Hilden invited me to a Dr. Crow luncheon, which was primarily a recruitment to work on scarecrows. I volunteered to fix up 2 scarecrows both of which I thought only needed new clothes—WRONG! It turned out that not only did they need redressing but they needed face painting touch-up. Not my forte, but everyone was so encouraging and willing to share their talents that I learned a lot and had fun doing it.
Then last year I was totally invested in refurbishing, rebuilding, and redoing scarecrows. I met new people and felt such support from other scarecrow builders—creative, sharing, and fun people.