Josie-Enon scarecrows dressed for harvest

Published 9:12 pm Monday, October 28, 2019

Bonnie Dunn is very selective when shopping for clothes.

She smiles when she says that because those “folks” on her shopping list are two scarecrows, Mr. and Mrs. F. H. (Fall Harvest) Scarecrow.

Dunn of the Josie/Enon community enjoys the fall harvest season and she remembers when scarecrows were a part of the fall harvest scene in and around Pike County. So, when the peanut dust catches the wind, the cotton turns the sunny South into a winter wonderland and home gardens are teeming with colorful “greens” and red and yellow   peppers, she begins looking for “just the right attire” for the Scarecrows with carved pumpkin heads.

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“My sister and I are very selective about where we shop for scarecrow clothes,” Dunn said, with a smile. “You can’t buy clothes for scarecrows just anywhere. So, we shop the Salvation Army Thrift Stores and other second hand clothing stores. It takes lot of looking to find the perfect outfits for scarecrows.”

Dunn said scarecrows must be dressed in brightly colored attire with the basic overalls for him and a plaid shirt, a straw hat and a bandanna. For the lady, a brightly colored skirt with a petticoat and a blouse, a scarf and a wrap for the cool nights and a hat, with flowers if possible.

Dunn said brightly colored clothing scares away the crows and other critters intent on dining on the fall harvest.

Along the Enon roadway, Mr. and Mrs. Harvest Scarecrow scare away the harvest scavengers but delight passers-by especially the youngsters and those old enough to remember the by-gone days.

The backdrop for the scarecrow display is a 500-pound, 100-year-old corn wagon that belongs to Steve Ingram, who is more than willing to haul it on-site for the harvest season.

Dunn said she enjoys the harvest season and dressing the Scarecrows for public display.

“I love the fall and everything associated with it,” she said. “I have a scarecrow in my fall garden but, so far, it has not scared way the deer that are feasting on the fruits of the harvest.”