Family Travel

Kerry Egan



Time to build the scarecrows!

Posted 9/21/2013 9:56:00 PM

Historic Columbia Foundation's annual Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit is set to open on Sept. 29 in the gardens of the Robert Mills House. All the scarecrows will be created by people and organizations from the community, and the best scarecrows will win prizes on the event's Family Day on Oct. 26. Your family can enter its own creation in the contest and take a shot at winning big.

"Sounds like fun!" I thought when I heard about it. But then it slowly dawned on me that I have absolutely no idea how to actually build a scarecrow that would be able to stand up on its own and withstand the elements in a garden for a month. I can't imagine I'm the only one baffled by how to construct a real scarecrow. It's kind of a lost skill, isn't it?

But there is help. Historic Columbia Foundation is also hosting a Weekend Workshop on Sunday called "Sculpting Scarecrows." The workshop will teach you "the mechanics of actually putting a scarecrow together," explained Carrie Phillips of the foundation. They'll provide some basic supplies, like PVC pipe and hay, and instruction. Your family will provide the inspiration, ideas, and the fun decorations that will turn your scarecrow into your own autumn family mascot.

The weekend workshop will be held Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. at the Robert Mills House and Gardens, 1616 Blanding St., Columbia. The workshop is $15. You can purchase tickets at the door.

Registration for the contest is open until Friday, Sept. 27. The fee for entering the contest is $10 for families, individuals and classrooms, and $20 for businesses. If you already now how to build a scarecrow, you can make one at home. Participation in the workshop isn't required. Maybe we'll see your scarecrow there!