Middleburgh is a "hay"-ven for scarecrows

October 08, 2019 12:17 PM

MIDDLEBURGH – Another year to scare up some business in Schoharie County...with scarecrows.

The Rotary Club offered space on Main Street for business owners to get creative for the fall season by building scarecrows. Last year, the first time they tried it, they had 32. This year, it’s up to 41.


You can vote for your favorite scarecrow with either a cash donation or non-perishable food. All donations will go to the local food pantries that serve the Middleburgh Central School District. It's all part of the 28th Annual Timothy Murphy Fall Festival set for this weekend with a run, parade and other autumn events.

"Sometimes you think people will just drive through,” said Joan Wissert of the Rotary Club. “This way, they stop, they walk around, you engage with them, they go into businesses, they support our local businesses and you just see people with smiles on their faces all over the community."

There's a hippie, a chef, a pair of skunks treeing a hunter, an EMT and a hairdresser, just to name a few designs. Rotary even has one with the scarecrow holding up a finger and thumb to say that they are "this close" to ending polio.

And now it may be Schoharie Scarecrows as it has expanded into Cobleskill and Sharon Springs.

"The presence of all these scarecrows brings the people out who are kind of maybe rediscovering or who have maybe haven't been in this town for a long time and just draws people in,” said Chris Hubbard, owner of Hubie’s Pizzeria. “They walk around and do some local shopping which is great for everyone."

The scarecrows will be up through November 15. Then it's onto snowmen!


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