200 Life-Size Scarecrows Have Popped Up in Fairfield County, Ohio

Welcome to the Scarecrow Capital of Ohio, home of the ever-expanding Trail of Scarecrows

click to enlarge The Violet Township Fire Department's scarecrow, Sparky - Photo: Provided by Belle Communication
Photo: Provided by Belle Communication
The Violet Township Fire Department's scarecrow, Sparky

Fairfield County, Ohio — located about two hours away from Cincinnati — is home to an ever-growing collection of human-sized scarecrows. Currently, there are about 200 and counting.

Yes. The people of the nine communities that make up Fairfield (Amanda, Baltimore, Bremen, Carroll, Lancaster, Lithopolis, Millersport, Pickerington and Sugar Grove) have banded together to create a "Trail of Scarecrows," a quaint and some might say horribly haunting autumnal exercise featuring creatively stuffed garments manipulated into lifelike poses with assorted fall materials for heads — straw, pumpkins, feed bags, etc. 

And everyone from the junior high staff to the orthodontist to the fire department is getting in on the action.

click to enlarge Walnut Township Local School District — Fairfield County - Photo: https://www.facebook.com/FCTrailofScarecrows
Photo: https://www.facebook.com/FCTrailofScarecrows
Walnut Township Local School District — Fairfield County

The trail is open through Oct. 31 and visitors can access a map to find each scarecrow via the Fairfield County Trail of Scarecrows Facebook page. You are encouraged to vote for your favorite in each community by following a link; the winner will receive $50, a People's Choice award and the honor of being known as one of the best scarecrow creators in the "Scarecrow Capital of Ohio."


In addition to scarecrows, there are also plenty of other fall activities in Fairfield, including pumpkin patches, harvest festivals and an entire haunted village festival in Pickerington.

click to enlarge 200 Life-Size Scarecrows Have Popped Up in Fairfield County, Ohio
Photo: Provided by Belle Communication

Scarecrow festivals aren't unheard of. Apparently they are quite popular in the U.K. The town of Urchfont has hosted the Urchfont Scarecrow Festival for 23 years (in May for some reason) and Wikipedia says it is attended by 10,000 people (again, for some reason).



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