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Chipley Garden Club Hosts Scarecrow Workshop
Get ready to see scarecrows crop up around town. 

Wednesday September 19th, 2012

In your travels within the City of Chipley you may have noticed a few special “guests” hanging around. The scarecrows that precede Chipley Garden Club’s scarecrow contests are beginning to show up around town. 

A Build-a-Better-Scarecrow Workshop was held Sept. 18th at the 7th Street Farmers Market behind the Washington County Historical Society Museum. 

Chipley Garden Club President Karen Roland urged parents, grandparents and youngsters to get involved in the Scarecrow Contest being hosted by the garden club on October 13th at the Washington County Historical Society Museum.

Roland conducted the workshop giving hints for the creation of scarecrows this week with plans for the entries to dot the landscape in the downtown area for the upcoming Fall Into History program being presented at the Historical Society Museum on Oct. 13th.

At the workshop handouts were provided to participants as Roland demonstrated several techniques for building scarecrows. She discussed forms, supports, and different types of stuffing – recycled shopping bags, crumpled newspaper, hay, etc. She also made suggestions for items to use as heads and hands, ways to decorate faces, scarecrow clothing and setting up venues.

“Use your imagination! It doesn’t have to be just two sticks and an old shirt. Think creatively!” Roland remarked. 

Gweneth Collins reviewed the contest rules with the participants and Edwina Showers demonstrated how to make a scarecrow from a tomato cage and a milk jug. Participants were also invited to tour the Washington County Historical Society Museum.

The 2nd Annual Scarecrow Contest will be held on Saturday, October 13 in conjunction with Washington County Historical Society’s Fall Into History Fest at the Farmers Market pavilion of the Washington County Historical Society Museum.

If you are interested in entering the contest, the rules/entry forms and more information is available at the Washington County Historical Society Museum, Washington County Chamber of Commerce, online at or by calling 850-260-4049. 

Keep an eye out for more scarecrows in the coming weeks… they could pop up just about anywhere!

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