Family fun puts the stuffing in Scarecrow Festival |

Family fun puts the stuffing in Scarecrow Festival

by Caryn Haller

Shannon LitzFive-year-old Kiley Eckroat checks out her scarecrow on Saturday morning at Minden Park during the annual event.

For Jesse Goldberg, the best part of making a scarecrow is spending time with his dad.

“It’s fun because you get to be creative, and I get to do it with my dad,” the 10-year-old said. “We’re going to take it to our house, and put it on the bench with our other one.”

The time spent stuffing and decorating a scarecrow at Minden Park was equally special for Jesse’s father Josh.

“It means a lot,” the single dad said. “It helps being a dad because it gives us something to do together.”

More than 150 people participated in the East Fork Gallery’s 28th annual Scarecrow Festival on Saturday.

“It really was successful. It was very good,” gallery president Elfriede Short said. “We are very grateful for all the support from the community, and for all the people that return year after year.”

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Gardnerville resident Amy Cinciala and her children London, 4, and Daisy, 2, have been making scarecrows for three years.

“It’s tradition. You gotta start new traditions with your kids,” Amy said. “It’s important for the kids to have stuff to look forward to and remember growing up.”

As Daisy looked on, London helped bring straw for their scarecrow.

“Here mommy,” he said. “I want to surprise daddy with our scarecrow.”

Six-year-old Adriana Macellari posed for a photo with her cowgirl-dressed scarecrow wearing a pink shirt and hat with two yarn braids.

“I’m going to name her Junior because I like that name,” she said.

Gardnerville resident Mona Heater brought her grandsons Travis and Wyatt Whitwam to the Scarecrow Festival.

“We came when he (Travis) was 3, and I thought we should come make scarecrows again,” Heater said. “It’s nice to see they’re still doing this. It’s a lot of fun.”

Wyatt, 6, helped grandma build their scarecrow, while Travis, 10, created his own with camouflage pants and a plaid shirt.

“I like hunting,” Travis said. “First it’s going to be for Halloween, and after that it’s a shooting target.”

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