Admission is free! Activities will include making your own scarecrow (complete kits cost $15/$10 for SOHS members), hayrides, children's activities and games, farm fresh food for purchase, and tours of the historic Hanley House ($5 for nonmembers/$3 for SOHS members).
A highlight of the Scarecrow Festival is visiting the scarecrows in the field and voting for your favorite. This years People’s Choice awards will be given for Best Scarecrow made at home, Best Scarecrow made at the farm, Best Scarecrow made by a Business, and Best School-made scarecrow. Every visitor gets to vote.
The scarecrow is a traditional farmer’s way of keeping the crows and other birds out of the grain fields. These scarecrows were made to look like a person in the field waving the birds away. They were usually built on a t-frame, dressed in old clothes and stuffed with straw. That’s just the kind of scarecrow made at Hanley Farm’s Scarecrow Festival. Everything you need to build a scarecrow will be waiting for you, including someone to help.
It is harvest time at the farm. There will be pumpkins and apples from local farms, and garden produce from Hanley Farm’s no-till garden. In addition there is a store with unique gifts and handicraft items for sale.
The Hanley House, built in 1875 is a beautiful example of how a well-to-do farm family lived in the 19th century. Everything in the house belonged to one of the three generations of Hanleys who lived there. Docents help you learn more about the family and farming in their time. The Southern Oregon Historical Society is happy to share this unique home and its contents with the public during the Scarecrow Festival.
Look for scarecrows lining the fence at Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road between Jacksonville and Central Point.