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Scarecrows get stuffed at Harvest Hoedown event

October 12, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

It was not unusual at Fairgrounds Park on Saturday to see people carrying what at first glance appeared to be a headless person.

Upon closer inspection, it became clear they were carrying scarecrows, which they made as part of the Third Annual Harvest Hoedown at the park.

Other popular attractions at the event - hosted by the city of Hagerstown - included barrel rides, a petting zoo, a hayride and rides on horses.

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Children and adults selected clothing for their scarecrows, used hay for stuffing and were given other items and off they went to put finishing touches on their creations.

Some used panty hose and hay to make heads. Others were more innovative.

Courtney Snyder, 6, and her brother, Billy, 11, of Hagerstown wanted to put the scarecrow on the porch, using a pumpkin for a head.

Their mother, Tammy Snyder, said it was the children's first time at the event. She said she would return next year.

Aaron Schroyer, 7, of Hagerstown worked on decorating their scarecrow while his sister, Brooke, 2, pulled straw out of the "arms."

Their mother, Misty Schroyer, said her family was enjoying making the scarecrow, as well as the hayride and the face paining.

Kim Hose of Hagerstown said she enjoyed watching a magician and musicians perform on stage.

'I think it is great," she said.

Hagerstown spokeswoman Karen Giffin said she expected the event to draw about 3,000 people. The event has grown in size each year. Giffin said she was pleased with the crowd and the weather.

The first 500 children under age 12 were given a free pumpkin and an apple.

Demi Damico, 6, of Smithsburg quickly got to work, decorating her pumpkin while her mother, Sonji Damico, looked on

"I really think it is very nice," Damico said.

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