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Scarecrow Stroll


Though it's been unanimously agreed upon that hay is for horses, come fall, it also becomes the material du jour for crafty scarecrow builders. For the second year in a row, Idaho Botanical Garden is inviting the masses out to wander among the trees and bushes to see if they can spot spooky tattered-overalls creations.

Local bundled-hay afficionados and businesses were invited to enter their crow-scaring creations into a competition that will be judged on Oct. 3, during the IBG’s Oktoberfest celebration. Last year's winning creation, Chef Gazpacho, which was pieced together by Meridianites Justin, Ashley and Renee Ross, featured a busty, apron-clad chef holding a tray with wine in one hand and a menu in the other offering things like ghoulish gouda, slimy Swiss and moldy mozzarella.

To check out this year’s crafty entries, head down to the IBG anytime Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Halloween.

For more information, call 208-343-8649 or visit