Every year, on the first Saturday in July, people gather to celebrate Build a Scarecrow Day. Even though it's been more visible in the USA, the event is celebrated worldwide.
July is the perfect month for this holiday.
You may wonder why, as maybe you associate scarecrows with fall and harvest. Well, the role of a good scarecrow is to scare the crows and other birds away so that they will not eat the freshly-planted seed and the growing crops. That's why July is a great time to build a scarecrow and use it to protect your garden.
If you saw or read The Wizard of Oz as a child, or as an adult, you probably remember how much he wanted a brain so that he could scare the crows once more, which was ironic considering he was the smartest one in the group.
Well, in reality, we don't all need to be geniuses to make a scarecrow, all we need are some old clothes, some hay, a few wood pieces and a hat. Of course, you can get as creative as you want and add all sorts of fun accessories.
Those humanly shaped decoys are set in the fields to protect the farmer's seedlings. On this day, there are competitions being held to award the best scarecrow made by regular folks like you and me.
How To Celebrate National Build A Scarecrow Day
You can re-watch or reread The Wizard of Oz and pay a bit more attention to the scarecrow character.
You can also watch or read about the adventures of the scarecrow named Turnip-Head in Howl's Moving Castle.
You can also create your own scarecrow.
Or you can attend any events organized for this occasion. These types of events usually take place in rural areas, so you can start your search there.
I think organised events are better as I wouldn’t know what to do at scarecrow day.
I have to admit I didn’t know there was a national build a scarecrow day and I don’t think I’ve ever made one, perhaps I need to change that.
I didn’t even know there was a national scarecrow day…. I live next to a farm and the birds are everywhere. Thanks for the link to build a scarecrow.