Scarecrows usually fall into two categories: lovably whimsical (a la The Wizard of Oz) or the kind that scare the bejeezus out of you (a la Jeepers Creepers). Idaho Botanical Garden wisely chose to go with the first variety for its eighth annual Scarecrow Stroll, sparing visitors from a lifetime of nightmares.
Instead, 26 scarecrows created by local businesses, community organizations, school groups and individuals are now on display in the garden through the end of October. Visitors are invited to check out the scarecrows and vote for their favorite. A panel of community judges will offer its take, with winners announced at the garden's annual Fall Harvest Festival, Saturday, Oct. 5-Sunday, Oct. 6. The people's choice winner will be announced Friday, Oct. 25.
This year, teams based their designs on an animals theme, meaning it's the only time you might find a shark in the Botanical Garden. The scarecrows are up a little earlier this year to give more time to scope out the scene and vote, as well as offer visitors a chance to come out when the weather is still a little warmer.
The Scarecrow Stroll is included with regular admission prices and open during regular garden hours seven days a week. Groups of 10 or more can get $1 off the price of admission--so recruit your friends and neighbors before you head out.
Even though these scarecrows are the whimsical sort, it never hurts to make sure they're not moving when you turn your back.