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 The fifth annual Build a Scarecrow event will return to downtown Franklin Sept. 28.

The fifth annual Build a Scarecrow event will return to downtown Franklin Sept. 28.

Photo provided by Ann Lamott, Franklin Historical Society

Build a Scarecrow event returns to downtown Franklin

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published September 9, 2019


FRANKLIN — There aren’t many wheat fields left in the village of Franklin these days, but tradition is tradition. It’s fall, and it’s time to build a scarecrow.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, families can head to the Kreger Barn downtown for the fifth annual Build a Scarecrow event, presented by the Franklin Historical Society.

According to Franklin Historical Society President Ann Lamott, immigrants who came to the area in the 1800s built a variety of scarecrows, usually fastened to a wooden cross, with a pumpkin or a mop as a head. The fully dressed hay man would “stand” in fields and ward off birds that might come to feast on crops.

“Scarecrow genealogy is rooted in rural lifestyle. Franklin started as a rural community,” Lamott said.

The idea of creating scarecrows again, this time as a community event, came to the group several years ago as a way to honor the past and have some family fun in the present.

“It’s an event that relies on collective ingenuity,” Lamott said. “I love watching families communicate with each other as they create their one-of-a-kind scarecrow.”

The cost is $10 per scarecrow, and that includes all the materials needed.

The memories, though, are priceless, according to Leslie Frick, a Franklin Historical Society volunteer.

“It’s a very special event because it’s something for the community to do together, to do as families, and it’s growing every year. I think the word is spreading because there’s no technology involved. It’s older people and children and everyone in between doing something as easy as building scarecrows,” Frick said. “And at the end, you go home with a nice decoration for the season, and the kids are so proud to have their creation displayed in the yard. There are just so many good elements to it.”

The Build a Scarecrow event will be held 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Kreger Barn, located at 26165 Carol St. There’s no registration necessary. Questions should be directed to staff at the Franklin village offices by calling (248) 626-9666.