The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

October 12, 2012

Scarecrow event heads indoors

Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The Medina Lions Club’s annual scarecrow festival has proven to be a perfect fit for the season, bringing families together for scarecrow building and fall fun; but in recent years the season hasn’t been as kind to the Lions.

The scarecrow building festival was snowed out its first year and set back a week last year by 50 m.p.h. winds. With no guarantee on what the weather will hold, the Lions decided this year to move the event indoors.

“We loved having the festival at Roberts Farm Market because it was a country atmosphere, with cider and apples,” Lion Sherry Wheatley said. “The problem has been that two times we had to cancel it because of the weather. It’ll be nice to not have to worry about it.”

The Medina YMCA, 306 Pearl St., will be the site of the festivities Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with parking available at the nearby Calvary Tabernacle Assembly of God church. Wheatley said the Lions will take full advantage of the Y’s facility.

“Kids will have a blast,” Whealtey said. “They have a huge gym and we’ll have an inflatable obstacle course, bounce house and rock climbing wall. There’s room to run around and play.”

But the main attraction is the make-it take-it scarecrow building, which gives families a chance to pick out costumes and build their own fall friend from accessories donated and created by local groups. Clothes and accessories were culled from the Medina Area Association of Churches’ clothing depot, with wood donated by local businesses and assembled by students at the Iroquois Job Corps.

Medina High School students have painted faces for the scarecrows, but some are left blank for unique looks.

“I’m so excited to see them — no two look alike,” Wheatley said.

The only supply concerns surrounded the straw needed to make 250 scarecrows. With a bone dry summer following this spring’s army worm infestation, there isn’t alot of straw to go around, Wheatley said, but local farmers stepped up.

“We have three big bales that we have to get inside the YMCA,” she said. “If anybody has any muscle (come help).”

The proceeds from the scarecrows, which cost $8, go towards Lions programs like eye screening and glasses for children and accessibility ramps for residences. Last year’s event raised more than $1,300.