Tuesday, August 7, 2012

MN Landscape Arboretum Seeks Entries for 'Scarecrows in the Garden'

Chanhassen, MN (Aug. 7, 2012) - Scarecrows, those silly and scary life-sized stick figures, have graced farm fields since time immemorial.  Stuffed with straw, dressed in outsized raggedy clothes and sporting loopy grins, they are compelling characters that draw our attention while repelling winged visitors.

And let's face it: Who doesn't like the Scarecrow that came to life in "The Wizard of Oz"? 

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum will celebrate these corny characters in its "Scarecrows in the Garden" exhibit running Sept. 8-Nov. 4, as part of the Arboretum's "Autumn Adventures" fall season.

This display will comprise unique and compelling handmade scarecrows created by the public - individuals and families, organizations and design professionals.  So if you'd like to get in touch  with your inner artist, please consider making a scarecrow!  Following are entry guidelines:

This year's theme focuses on the wonders of nature and the Arboretum is asking that participants create scarecrows from materials found in nature.  Plastic and artificial materials may be used for stuffing, but the exterior should be created from natural, dried or fresh materials that will weather well.

To enter, just fill out an application form available at www.arboretum.umn.edu/scarecrows.aspx

Entries must be delivered to the Arboretum's Margot Picnic Shelters Friday and Saturday, Aug. 31 & Sept. 1 (or call Nate Kells at 952-443-4401 to arrange an alternate time.)  Awards (ranging from $100 to $50 gift cards) will be presented for first through third prize overall and there will also be a People's Choice Winner.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 31.