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Build A Scarecrow in July

Updated on October 17, 2014

Celebrate Build a Scarecrow Day

Scarecrows aren't just for when the leaves turn red and gold, you can have one in July too.

The first Sunday in July is Build a Scarecrow Day so why not get friends and family together, build one of these age-old Farmers' Helpers and celebrate with a special meal.

Any excuse is good enough for a family party!

A Scarecrow by any other name

The Dutch build a Vogelverschrikker, the Japanese a Kakashi while the Italians are content with a Spaventapasseri.

Scarecrows have a long history in UK and, because of the different dialects once so prevalent, you can find a Mawkin, a Mommet, and even a Hodmedod. When in Wales, look out for a Bwbach.

In Scotland, they're called a Bodach-rocais and in the Isle of Skye, the locals celebrate a three month long Tattie Bogal festival

Isle of Skye Festival

I'd love to get to the Tattie Bogal Scarecrow Festival on the the Isle of Skye

The Minginish residents really go all out with the Tattie Bogals and the 2014 Festival will take place from 1 July and end with a Ceilidh in mid September! Sounds heavenly to me.

Scarecrows in Ancient Egypt

In Ancient Egypt, farmers along the Nile needed to protect their fields of grain from hungry birds.

They built wooden frames in their fields and covered them with nets. Children would then hide among the crops and, when birds came, scared the hapless creatures into the nets.

But they didn't just scare the birds, they cooked them up for a snack.

Human Scarecrows

Back in the European Middle Ages, small children spent their daylight hours in the fields, guarding the grain by busily scaring the crows.

These little mites, some scarcely out of the cradle, would run after birds while clapping blocks of wood together. It sounds dreadful to us but times were a lot harder then. And not just for children.

As the number of small children (along with the adult population) decreased with the Plague, farmers had to make do with human-shaped figures of straw instead.

There were still plenty of real-life crow-scarers though. The photo of this lad is from the early 20th century, frightening away the crows in Norfolk, UK.

Old School Garden

Scarecrow in Cumbria, UK

How to Make a Scarecrow

Have you ever made a Scarecrow?

I must confess I haven't tried to make a one since I was a child, too may years ago to count.

In my own garden, I have old CDs hanging from string to scare off the big, black crows (they certainly scare me) but I haven't yet discovered a way to deter possums. Maybe a scarecrow will do the trick.

My first Scarecrow Memory

I first met a Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. Perhaps everyone of my generation did.

In any case, Ray Bolger must be the best known scarecrow ever!

Ray Bolger, the best known Scarecrow

How did the Scarecrow know he didn't have a brain?

Scarecrows from Kettlewell

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The Kettlewell Scarecrows

Mrs Scarecrow

Scarecrow Cupcakes

© 2013 Susanna Duffy

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Would be great to make a scarecrow. Some clever ones here.

    • Glenda Motsavage profile image

      Glenda Motsavage 

      4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Wow... scarecrows are not just for Fall anymore! The photos (all 200 of them!) from the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival are absolutely amazing - I couldn't even choose a favorite! And, Build a Scarecrow Day in July... who knew??? Thanks for broadening my scarecrow horizons! (Thought this would be a great time of year to "Share" the creativity in this article!)

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      mariacarbonara 

      5 years ago

      The Harry Potter scarecrow is classic. Something funny but spooky about scarecrows

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      Agapantha 

      5 years ago

      While reading this I found myself singing "Donald, where's your trousers' :)

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      SandyPaw 

      5 years ago

      I want to build a scarecrow now!

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      Ask_Me 

      5 years ago

      Sounds like a good idea to me. Plenty of food is grown in July

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      Jenny Campbell 

      5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      The people up the road have an organic garden in the front and they made a scarecrow. So they are still going.

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      oztoo lm 

      5 years ago

      I'd love to go to the Tattie Bogal Festival too. I love all the modern styles of scarecrows. What fun. Maybe I should have a go at making one.

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      DebW07 

      5 years ago

      I have never made a scarecrow, what a fun idea. I really enjoyed your photos, they are all cute.

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