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 A group puts the finishing touches on its clown scarecrow during a Scarecrow Workshop at the Troy Historic Village in 2016.

A group puts the finishing touches on its clown scarecrow during a Scarecrow Workshop at the Troy Historic Village in 2016.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Scarecrow Row to launch space theme

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published September 3, 2019

 The Troy Garden Club created this scarecrow for Scarecrow Row at the Troy Historic Village in 2016.

The Troy Garden Club created this scarecrow for Scarecrow Row at the Troy Historic Village in 2016.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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TROY — As the gridiron heats up with fall sports, businesses, groups and individuals can show their true colors in support of their alma mater and deck a scarecrow out in full college regalia on Scarecrow Row at the Troy Historic Village.

Individuals, families, businesses, youth groups, clubs, Scout troops and community groups can create scarecrows to be displayed at the Troy Historic Village throughout October.

Building a college scarecrow for the event costs $200 for individuals, groups or businesses. To have volunteers of the Troy Historic Village build the scarecrow with school gear provided by the group or individual costs $250.

College scarecrows will each be accompanied by a sign with the name of the group that sponsored it.

Volunteers will dress scarecrows for businesses with business swag, also for $250, and those will be displayed on the village’s fence line along Livernois and Wattles roads throughout October.

“This eye-catching Scarecrow Row is viewed by 10,000 cars traveling by the Troy Historic Village each day,” Troy Historical Society member JoAnn Preston, aka “the scarecrow lady,” said in a press release.

Scarecrows must be submitted by Sept. 20. At the end of October, all of the scarecrows will be moved into the village for its annual trick-or-treat event the afternoon of Oct. 25, which has drawn up to 1,000 visitors each of the last five years the event has been held.

The theme for this year’s trick-or-treat fun is Out of This World.

New this year, there will be five “space stations” between the scarecrows that will feature quiz questions about astronauts and outer space. People can fill out the quiz and submit answers into a replica of R2-D2, from “Star Wars,” on-site at the village for a chance to win prizes and a free family pass to the trick-or-treat event.

Loraine Campbell, the executive director of the Troy Historic Village, said families stop by the village after it has closed to enjoy the scarecrows. “So we thought, let’s give them something to do,” she said.

People can see the scarecrows for the first time at the Step Out to Meet and Greet Scarecrows event the evening of Sept. 27 at the Troy Historic Village.

To register, visit the Troy Historic Village, fill out an entry form and pick up a wooden scarecrow frame. Visit troyhistoricvillage.org and click on “Scarecrow Row” to register or for more information.

The Troy Historic Village is located at 60 W. Wattles Road.

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