Straw protectors: 12th annual Scarecrow Festival set for Oct. 5 in Medina – The Daily News Online

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MEDINA — With Halloween inching closer by the day and ghosts gearing up to once again haunt the world of the living, something is needed to scare the spirits away.

Families can make their own protector scarecrow from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 during the Medina Lions’ Club 12th annual Scarecrow Festival at Forrestel Horse Farm and Riding Camp.

The life-sized scarecrows have their clothing and accessories donated by the Medina Clothing Depot, and Pauline Lanning cuts out heads out of material and sews around the sides.

From there the Medina and Lyndonville High School art departments paints the faces on the heads. That allows families to pick out the faces they want so no two scarecrows are the same.

The Iroquois Job Corps donated the lumber and is bringing students over on the day of the festival to help, and the carpentry department will be cutting out “T” posts from plywood for the scarecrows’ bodies. After that they can stuff the scarecrows with straw.

There will also be horse rides and children’s games.

“There is no age limit with this. We have moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas and little kids,” said Sherry Wheatley, chairwoman of the festival. “Everyone has fun. It’s just fun. You’re making it yourself.”

The Boy Scouts will also be making clam chowder soup and chili over a campfire. Tim Smith will be there with desserts and the Lions Club will be selling hotdogs and hamburgers. 4-H will also be bringing some animals and this year there will be a flea market where a 15’ by 20’ space will be $10. To reserve a spot, call Sherry Wheatley at (585) 735-5135.

There is $10 donation per scarecrow which goes to benefit the Medina Lions Club.