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Build a scarecrow competition in Vail Saturday

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Vail CO, Colorado
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Special to the DailyThe Vail Library is hosting its annual Build-A-Scarecrow Day on Saturday. The scarecrows will be judged by Vail Mayor Dick Cleveland at a later date and prizes will be awarded.
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VAIL, Colorado ” The Town of Vail Library will sponsor Build-A-Scarecrow Day from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday in the community room of the Vail Library. This event is provided for creative teams or individuals to express themselves artfully by constructing a scarecrow with personality. It is open to all ages; children under six must be accompanied by an adult. Scarecrow builders are encouraged to bring their own supplies, and additional supplies will be provided, as well as the essential frames, straw and fabric for the faces.

The scarecrows will be judged by Vail Mayor Dick Cleveland at a later date and prizes will be awarded. There are many categories of awards, such as scariest, most humorous and most personality.

“We hope to provide a way for families to enjoy an autumn afternoon and to help kick-off the ‘Artful Nature of the Word,’ a celebration of the Town of Vail Public Library building’s 25th anniversary,” said Lori Barnes, town of Vail librarian. “The scarecrows decorate the library, sometimes as imposing characters, sometimes comical, but always impressive to visitors and regulars who come into the library.”



As the kick-off to the ‘Artful Nature of the Word’ celebration, honoring the Town of Vail Public Library building’s 25th anniversary, the Build-a-Scarecrow event is one of seven different events. The other ‘Artful Nature of the Word’ events include an Altered Book Workshop with Susan Makin Dolan on Monday; the Soldiers on Skis presentation, featuring ski troopers from the 10th Mtn. Division, on Wednesday and Nov. 12th; a Printmaking Workshop with Ben Pond on Oct. 27; Vail’s First Green Building presented by Pam Hopkins on Nov. 10; and a bookbinding demonstration with Helmut Fricker on Nov. 13. Throughout the four-week celebration, the Vail Library will host a Louis Armstrong display, courtesy of the Vail Jazz Foundation. All events are free, with the exception of the Altered Book and the Printmaking Workshops, which require a fee for supplies.

“This month long celebration of the 25th anniversary of Vail’s library building is really a collaborative effort, involving five different Vail agencies, including the Vail Symposium, the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame, the Vail Jazz Foundation and Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places,” Barnes said. “Build-a-scarecrow day is a way to bring families into help decorate the library with their scarecrow creations and to celebrate the library.”



“We’ve been busy gathering old discarded jeans and long sleeve shirts from Town of Vail employees. The Thrifty Shoppe of Edwards is generously donating their rejects, as well,” said Cricket Pylman, also of the Town of Vail Library. “You’ve heard that one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Well, for this project, one person’s trash is another’s art.”

Children can form teams or work independently. Families may enjoy building a scarecrow together. Adults are welcome to try their hand, even if they aren’t with a child. Everyone is welcome and the youngest (under six years old) must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call 970-479-2179.



What: Build-A-Scarecrow Day.

Where: Vail Library community room.

When: Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free.

More information: Call 970-479-2179.


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