Scarecrow Festival is coming up |

Scarecrow Festival is coming up

Staff reports

The Scarecrow Festival, presented by the artists of the East Fork Gallery, is approaching. This event has been around for so long that no one, not even the three charter members, can remember precisely when it started.

This year, the festival will be on Saturday, Oct. 3.

It is presented on only one day, but the preparation goes on for months. Everything must be collected, slits cut in appropriate places on shirts and jeans and faces must be cut and bagged.

“So far this year, we have plenty of everything except for one crucial component – panty hose,” said East Fork Artists spokesperson Gerry Lawrence. “Whenever we mention this to people asking how they can help, we are often told that they didn’t know we needed them.”

This year, EFG tried getting random discards from a hosiery company.

“We now have in our possession 300 pairs of flawed stockings – all knee highs. Oh, well, we can use them for stuffing,” said Lawrence.

“Last year, the event closed early when the panty hose were gone,” she said. “It’s terrible to turn away an eager youngster, but no panty hose, no scarecrow! So, please, if you have old, flawed, beat up or unuseable panty hose, come to our rescue. You can leave them at the gallery in the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville.”

All the members of the East Fork Gallery will be available at the Scarecrow Festival to help.

Lawrence invites all to “come and bring your camera. The children and the scarecrows are irresistible. But hang onto your camera. It wouldn’t be the first time we had to unstuff a scarecrow in search of a ring of keys or a camera.”

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