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SANBORNTON — It was a chilly day for building scarecrows, but that didn’t stop scads of eager children – and parents – from stuffing and dressing their costumed creations at Heritage Farm’s annual Scarecrow Festival Saturday. With wagon rides and a petting farm to accent the day’s activities, Heritage Farm welcomed families to build scarecrows with hay, cornstalks and a massive pile of clothing. Meghan Siegler. (click for larger version)
October 14, 2009
SANBORNTON — It was a chilly day for building scarecrows, but that didn't stop scads of eager children – and parents – from stuffing and dressing their costumed creations at Heritage Farm's annual Scarecrow Festival Saturday.

With wagon rides and a petting farm to accent the day's activities, Heritage Farm welcomed families to build scarecrows with hay, cornstalks and a massive pile of clothing.

"I've never made a scarecrow before," said Jackie Viar of Belmont.

Viar brought her 8-month-old son Owen, as well as a bag of clothes to make mom and baby scarecrows, to the festival.

"Of course I want to win the prize," said Viar, who learned about the festival after a visit to the petting farm earlier in the month.

Viar did in fact win the grand prize for Overall Best Scarecrow. She received breakfast for four at the Heritage Farm Pancake House and four tickets to Fright Night at the farm.

Grace Smotrillaa, 10, came to Heritage Farm with her mom "because we wanted to get pumpkins." For Smotrillaa, making a scarecrow was a bonus.

Kaitlyn Carey was at the festival celebrating her sixth birthday with a small group of friends. Originally the party was going to be at the Sandwich Fair, but the Swains, who own Heritage Farm, are family friends and suggested the festival as a fun – and cheaper – alternative.

According to Rachel Swain, the festival drew about 100 people, which is less than usual but good considering the forecasted rain and cold weather.

"They were all diehards who came out," Swain said after the event.

The second place winners in the Best Overall category were Abigail and Daniel Storrer, with The Eternal Family scarecrows. They won four tickets to Fright Night. Meredith Wood's scarecrow, the Maiden Fair, came in third and earned her breakfast for two.

In the Humorous Favorites category, an anonymous entry beat out the rest with Headless Helga and won two tickets to Fright Night.

In the Cute and Classy category, Heidi Carey and Katelyn Thibeault won four tickets to the Heritage Petting Farm for their Most Alluring Madam Scarecrow.

Fright Night is happening at Heritage Farm Oct. 23, 24 and 30 from 6-9 p.m.

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