Scarecrows were traditionally used to protect a family’s crops from wildlife. Families counted on producing enough food for their family and livestock. Destruction of crops could threaten a family’s survival. If left unchallenged, wildlife would come and feast on the bounty and in a short time, leave nothing for the farmer to feed his family or domesticated animals. Sometimes, young children were tasked with keeping watch over the fields and scaring off any potential predators that could do damage. This option was not very efficient or sustainable. Scarecrows were designed to fool the wildlife into thinking the farmer was in the field watching over the crop.
Scarecrows take on a human image when they are adorned with old clothes and charming accessories. These days, Scarecrows are beloved by children and adults alike. The Middleville and District Museum wants to add a few friendly Scarecrows to its outdoor space. On Saturday, August 6th, 2022, the Museum will be hosting a Scarecrow Day. Visitors can join in the fun of collaborating to create three large Scarecrows that will be placed on the back fence to watch over the Museum’s landscape.
There will also be individual craft options available for children and youth. A storytime with songs and rhymes will take place at the barn doors at the north end of the Museum during the afternoon. The event promises family fun for all ages. Come out and enjoy a glass of lemonade with music and crafts and help us scare some crows!
The event takes place from 1 – 3 pm on Saturday, August 6th and is free. Registration is not required. If you know any families that might enjoy this event, please spread the word. Hope to see you there!
This journal is written, researched, and maintained by the volunteers of the Middleville Museum.