Valley scarecrow population increases |

Valley scarecrow population increases

Staff Reports
Nine-year-old Alex and Michelle Molyneux work on their scarecrow at Minden Park on Saturday during the annual event.
Shannon Litz | The Record-Courier

The festival may be over, but pre-made scarecrows are still available for purchase at the East Fork Gallery in Gardnerville.

More than 100 people came out to Minden Park on Saturday for the gallery’s annual Scarecrow Festival.

“People just thanked us,” said Janice Powell, gallery director. “It was a wholesome, family-oriented activity. People built memories with their grandkids and kids. It was great.”

According to Powell there were a lot of novice scarecrow builders this years.

“Some people totally knew what they are doing, but a lot of people new to the Valley came this year,” she added. “I enjoyed helping the people and watching them do something out of the ordinary.”

In its 29th year, Powell remembers moving to the Valley 24 years ago and seeing all of the scarecrows around town.

“I had never seen so many scarecrows decorating people’s porches,” she said. “It’s a lot of work, and a lot of planning, but it’s a lot of fun.”

The East Fork Gallery is located at 1503 Highway 395, Suite K.

For more information, call 782-7629.