Scarecrow Builders Wanted


Scarecrows__271_AThe Long Island Fair seeks teams to build scarecrows on the fairgrounds during the first weekend of the fair, Sept. 24 and 25, for ribbons, cash prizes and bragging rights.

This is a make-on-the-spot project—a great opportunity for friends, families, garden clubs, nurseries and others to get together and show their talent. Remember: scarecrows may be traditional, whimsical, humorous or lovable, but never frightening—except to crows.

Scarecrows must be built by teams of two to six people of any age. Entrants will have two hours on either Saturday, Sept. 24 or Sunday, Sept. 25 to build and set up their scarecrow. Teams will be provided with straw and sticks to use for the body of the scarecrow if needed. All clothing and props are the responsibility of the individual teams. The fair’s goal is to allow team members to use their creativity while building their scarecrows.

Judging will be based on originality, creativity, design and durability. To judge durability, the entries will be left exposed to the elements five or six days before being judged.

Scarecrows__271_BEntrants must register in advance by 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. Entry forms and more information can be found on the fair’s website,

The Long Island Fair also welcomes men and women 14 years of age or older to join in its 174-year history of volunteering. Volunteers may serve one or more of the following days: Sept. 24, 25, 30, and Oct. 1 and 2. To obtain a volunteer application, call 516-572-8416 or email the volunteer coordinator at

For more information, contact Robert Hansen at 516-874-0502 or

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