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One Tank Trip: Scarecrow display at Peddler's Village

'It really is a great time of year'

BUCKINGHAM TWP., Pa. - If only they had a brain, wonder what they might say? Perhaps that you don't always need to be made out of straw.  

"They get very creative. They even shock us sometimes," said Joseph Albert, festival event manager at Peddler's Village in Bucks County.

It's scarecrow season at Peddler's Village. For 38 years, folks have been showing off their scarecrow best by creating works of art and entering them in the scarecrow competition. 

"It has grown from year to year," Albert said.

One after another throughout the village, there are nearly 200 scarecrows. Some are made out of straw; some look like 007.  

"They do get very into it, and for very good reason, you know," said Justin Seery, festival event assistant.

There's a first-place at stake. They'll hang around until the end of October. 

"It's artwork walking through the village, and this is the beginning of it," Albert said.

The real beginning takes us across the globe to the Nile River in Egypt, back to the first scarecrows in recorded history. Egyptians used wooden frames covered with nets to protect their wheat fields from flocks of quail. 

Greek farmers had ones in the likeness of Priapus, the son of a Greek god and goddess, who, according to legend, was ugly enough to scare away the birds.

Around the same time, scarecrows started popping up in rice fields in Japan. Scarecrows there are called kakashis. 

It's a long history still celebrated as the leaves begin to turn.

"It really is a great time of year," Seery said. "They put together very creative scarecrows. It's just really a fun, family-orientated time of year."

It's about time. We've had a rather long summer. The scarecrows are ready to usher in fall, and so are we.

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