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Scarecrow makers grasp at straws at city hoedown

October 12, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

Dan Elgin laughed about the stinky experience he had Saturday while helping youngsters make scarecrows at Harvest Hoedown at Fairgrounds Park.

"I ended up with a stink bug down my shirt," said Elgin, who volunteered at the family event for the first time this year.

By 3:30 p.m., the director of business services for Horizon Goodwill Industries estimated that more than 400 scarecrows were made with clothes and hosiery donated by the agency for the event.

Saturday's celebration also was a first for Michelle Tasker and her boys, who seemed to be thoroughly enjoying making a scarecrow they named "Bugs."

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"It's something we all can do together," Tasker said. "The weather's perfect."

The straw stuffing, however, was less than pleasant to Tasker's skin.

"It may be our last," Tasker said. "I seem to have gotten a rash from the hay."

At a booth several yards away, Christy Wilson watched as her three children and a neighbor's son painted pumpkins.

"We do it every single year - ever since Bailey (now 7) was 1," Wilson said.

While the children are having fun, Wilson said she often meets up with old friends from high school and other people she hasn't seen for years.

For the cakewalk contest, members of the Sunlight 4-H Club donated 36 cakes for the organization's largest fundraiser of the year. One family was responsible for 12 of them, said Leslie Ward, the club's leader.

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