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Build A Scarecrow Day

Unleash your creativity on Build A Scarecrow Day! It's all about fun, art, and scaring crows away from precious crops.
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July 7
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Unleash your creativity on Build A Scarecrow Day! Mark your calendar for July 7, a day dedicated to this joyful and imaginative tradition. Scarecrows have been used by farmers for over 3,000 years, and their charm and utility endure today. Originating from Ancient Egypt, these lanky guardians were built to ward off birds from wheat fields along the Nile. Over the centuries, building scarecrows has turned into a form of folk art, beloved by communities around the world. So grab some straw, old clothes and let's celebrate Build A Scarecrow Day by crafting our own friendly (or fearsome!) field defenders. It's a great day to let your creativity soar and help protect crops at the same time! Can't wait to see what you create!

History of Build A Scarecrow Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2500 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Scarecrow Origins</div><div class='timeline-text'>Ancient Egyptians develop the first recorded use of scarecrows to protect wheat crops along the Nile from birds.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>500 AD</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Roman Scarecrows</div><div class='timeline-text'>Scarecrows are used by the Romans and borrowed the idea from the Greeks who used wooden scarecrows to resemble Priapus, a son of the god Dionysus and known as protector of crops.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>Middle Ages</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>European Scarecrow Traditions</div><div class='timeline-text'>In Medieval Europe, scarecrows take various forms based on regional cultures, further transforming scarecrow designs into local folk art.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Migration to North America</div><div class='timeline-text'>European immigrants introduce the scarecrow tradition to North America. Scarecrow designs and uses adapt to various needs across the diverse climates and cultures of America.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1900s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Scarecrows in Pop Culture</div><div class='timeline-text'>Scarecrows become increasingly prevalent in pop culture and literature, with the release of films like The Wizard of Oz, featuring the iconic character, Scarecrow.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>21st Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Build A Scarecrow Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Build A Scarecrow Day, celebrated on July 7, keeps this long-standing tradition alive, encouraging individuals to express creativity and pay homage to this important part of agricultural history.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Build A Scarecrow Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host a Scarecrow-making competition</h3><p class='facts-text'>Invite your friends or neighbors and host a scarecrow-making competition! Provide materials or ask everyone to bring their own. It's not just about the best scarecrow but about the fun and laughter, you share while building it.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Make a kids-friendly scarecrow</h3><p class='facts-text'>Engage your kids in building a friendly scarecrow. Let them design its "guest of honor" and help them put it together. It can be a fantastic way to teach them about farming and nature while having fun!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Visit a farm</h3><p class='facts-text'>Why not get inspired on the Build A Scarecrow Day by visiting a real farm? Many farms may have scarecrows set up and you can take some inspiration from the real environment.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Try different scarecrow themes</h3><p class='facts-text'>Scarecrows don't just have to be scary - they can be silly, funny, or even stylish. Try building different scarecrows based upon different themes - one dressed as a superhero, one as a local celebrity, or even one decked out in your favorite team's colors.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Donate your scarecrow</h3><p class='facts-text'>After you've built your wonderful scarecrow, consider donating it to a local community garden, school, or farm. It can help protect food resources year-round and give others joy each time they see the scarecrow you've skillfully crafted.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Build A Scarecrow Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promotes Creativity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Build A Scarecrow Day encourages us to use our imagination in creating unique and fun designs. From its clothes, shape, to its face, the creation possibilities are virtually endless. It's not every day that we get to create a life-size figure that's both fun and functional! </p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Offers Educational Descriptions</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Building a scarecrow allows us to teach children about the importance of farming and the practicality of scarecrows in maintaining crops. This hands-on experience makes the learning process more engaging and effective for young minds. </p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Community Bonding</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Hosting a scarecrow making competition or donating your scarecrow to a local community fosters a sense of togetherness. Working towards a common goal encourages cooperation and unity, strengthening community bonds. Plus, it's just a lot of fun to see different scarecrow interpretations around town!</p></div></div>

5 Fun Facts About Build A Scarecrow Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Scarecrows have been made of many materials throughout history</h3><p class='facts-content'>Ancient Japanese farmers made scarecrows, or Kakashi, from old rags, fish bones, and even meat to scare away birds. While they have evolved to mostly use straw and old clothes today, some people still get creative with their materials.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Some Scarecrows are used for more than just scaring birds</h3><p class='facts-content'>While traditionally used to repel crows from crops, in some cultures like Indonesia, scarecrows have been used to ward off evil spirits. Also, in the 21st century, they have evolved to become a tool for venting political opinions or simply for ornamental purposes.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Scarecrow festivals celebrate this timeless folk art form</h3><p class='facts-content'>Right from towns in England to areas in Japan and the United States, several communities hold annual scarecrow festivals where hundreds of distinctive and imaginative scarecrows are displayed to honor this farming tradition.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Scarecrows are not always effective against all birds</h3><p class='facts-content'>Studies have found that some birds, especially older, more experienced ones, often get used to scarecrows and may not be deterred by them. This has led farmers to devise more sophisticated methods, such as robotic scarecrows.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Scarecrows have their own museum</h3><p class='facts-content'>The city of Trenton, located in the United States, houses The BC Scarecrow Museum that showcases over 200 unique scarecrows and aims to preserve this age-old guardian of the crops for future generations.</p></div></div>

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