I found out about Dr. Crow at a volunteer event in 2018. I had no idea how to make a scarecrow but Dr. Crow sounded like fun, and fixing up old scarecrows seemed like a good place to start. Then my husband, Frank Widmann, and I attended a make-it-in-a-day workshop and had a ball. I became obsessed and Dr. Crowed (it’s become a verb) several scarecrows for the 2018 festival.
When 2019 rolled around, several of us got together and actually took charge of the Dr. Crow program. Just about everywhere I went I encouraged people to join Dr. Crow as did the others. We ended up with about 15 enthusiastic, fun-loving gals on our team. Most of us had little or no experience, so we all worked together to figure out how to do things.
Last year (2019) was my first full year working on scarecrows from spring through set-up and takedown. Over the winter, several of us determined what we could do to streamline the process and we set out to do it. We are now organized with all the tools we need. The scarecrows are waiting for us to get started updating their hair, makeup, and costumes.
I think the main thing I’ve learned besides scarecrow-making techniques is how to work as a team. The women on the Dr. Crow team are all awesome, friendly, non-competitive, and know how to have a good time. I swear it’s like a party every day when we’re full-on Dr. Crowing. I can’t wait to get back to it.