Scarecrows are for all ages |

Scarecrows are for all ages

by Cira Craighead
Gardnerville residents Jimmy and Allison Coyne build a scarecrow together at the East Fork Gallery's scarecrow festival at Minden Park in 2012.
Jim Grant file photo |

The making of scarecrows is not only for children; it is for anyone who would like to kick off fall in a creative and fun way.

The annual scarecrow festival, hosted by the East Fork Gallery, is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 5 in Minden Park.

“Parents have a ball,” said Dorrine Sadilek, the gallery’s treasurer. “Sometimes they have more fun than the kids… I think it brings out the little kid in them.”

This fundraiser for the nonprofit gallery has been an annual fall kickoff event since 1985, and gallery members hope this year will be the best yet.

In its 28th year, Sadilek says she hopes to sell 200 scarecrows, something that has happened just once before.

Scarecrow kits which include stuffing, clothes, facial pieces, and a hat, will be sold for $10.

Pre-made scarecrows will be for sale as well.

“Seeing (the children) leave with a really terrific scarecrow that is as big as they are,” is Sadilek’s favorite part of the event.

There will be members on hand for assistance throughout the day, and instructions will also be provided to make the experience easy and enjoyable.

Straw will be available for finishing touches, and braids will be sold at a minimal cost to add flare to any scarecrow.

“It keeps me going,” Sadilek says, “(the children) are good fun.”

She has been coming back for at least five years, and states that it is the gallery’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

According to Sadilek, the best kinds of scarecrows are the more silly ones.

There will also be face painting offered during the event.

For more information on the scarecrow festival, call 782-7629.