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Putting the stuffing into a fall tradition

by Caryn Haller

East Fork Gallery President, Elfrieda Short, describes the annual Scarecrow Festival as a, “generational thing.” And for the Hart family it truly is.

Minden residents Richard and Terri Hart have been attending the annual scarecrow-making event for 23 years. This year they helped their granddaughter Annabelle McCarthin, 4, stuff her first scarecrow.

“It’s not fall without doing your traditional fall activities,” daughter Amanda Crosswhite said. “You go to Apple Hill, you come down and make a scarecrow and you go to the pumpkin patch.”

The gallery has been holding the scarecrow festival for 27 years as a fundraiser for the co-op. Members collect supplies all year to provide for more than 200 scarecrows.

“It’s exciting. People really enjoy doing it,” Short said. “I enjoy watching all the children, and how they enjoy the day. One year we had a lady come from Reno with a limo filled with children to make scarecrows.”

Saturday’s wind was blowing some of the newspaper and straw stuffing off the tables, but that didn’t deter Scott and Messina Ratcliff from building their scarecrow with 4-year-old daughter Sierra.

“We’ve been building scarecrows for five years,” Messina said. “It’s fun making one with your kids, and putting it outside your house for decoration.”

The Carrillo brothers J.J, 13, and Josh, 10, were making short work of their scarecrow, having stuffed the bottom half in less than 30 minutes.

“The key to making a good scarecrow is stuffing it really good to keep the body strong,” J.J. said.

Close to 200 scarecrows were made in Minden Park on Saturday, and the gallery has already began accepting donations of long-sleeved shirts and pants for next year’s festival.

“East Fork Gallery members are happy it worked out so good,” Short said. “We want to thank all the people who came.”

East Fork Gallery is located at 1503 Highway 395, Gardnerville.