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Straw Poll: Enfield Scarecrows a Hit

  • A scarecrow dressed as a fisherman stands on the Shaker Bridge on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Enfield, N.H. In 2011, the Enfield Village Association placed about 10 scarecrows around the village for fall. The number has grown to about 80 for this year. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • A scarecrow rakes leaves in front 174 Main St., or the Cinderella House, on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Enfield, N.H. In 2011, the Enfield Village Association placed about 10 scarecrows around the village for fall. The number has grown to about 80 for this year. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • A scarecrow dressed as a shopper holds a cart full of pumpkins in front of George's AG Super Value on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Enfield, N.H. In 2011, the Enfield Village Association placed about 10 scarecrows around the village for fall. The number has grown to about 80 for this year. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Evan, a scarecrow, holds a ladder for Eva, also a scarecrow, in front of the Enfield Village Association on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Enfield, N.H. In 2011, the Enfield Village Association placed about 10 scarecrows around the village for fall. The number has grown to about 80 for this year. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • A scarecrow dressed as a police officer in front of the Enfield Police Department on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Enfield, N.H. In 2011, the Enfield Village Association placed about 10 scarecrows around the village for fall. The number has grown to about 80 for this year. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • A patriotic scarecrow stands in front of Moose Mountain Realty on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Enfield, N.H. In 2011, the Enfield Village Association placed about 10 scarecrows around the village for fall. The number has grown to about 80 for this year. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



STORY BY LIZ SAUCHELLI
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Enfield — Dolores Struckhoff was the executive director of the Enfield Village Association back in 2011 when the scarecrow project began.

“I wanted to do 10, as I remember, and primarily to support economic development,” Struckhoff said. Other members of the association quickly grew that number to 30.

What started as a simple fall display has since grown, and the village association — “never imagining that it would become so exciting” — created a new town tradition, Struckhoff said.

Doug Smith, a volunteer with the village association, said the dozens of scarecrows help build pride in the community.

“Each year they come out in late September and then they go back into storage a month or two later,” he said. “Each year they seem to gather more interest from the community.”

The scarecrows are all over town. Some sit in front of businesses, others are along roadways.

“We like to encourage citizens to do their own,” Smith said. “There’s a few out there that we can’t account for, they just appear.”

On the bridge that crosses Mascoma Lake, the scarecrows go well with the fall scene and add an extra appeal to an already beautiful scene.

A pair named Eva and Evan (for Enfield Village Association) stand outside the association’s office. Others represent nearby businesses, such as the scarecrows outside Laundry Depot and George’s AG Super Value.

This year’s scarecrows are even more special for Struckhoff, now the executive director of the Enfield Shaker Museum. Her mother, Evelyn Crate, died last month and as a tribute to her and Struckhoff’s father, Don Crate, a pair of scarecrows sit side by side on a bench across the street from Mascoma Savings Bank.

Between the two, both wearing sun hats, sits a basket of yellow flowers.

The scarecrow resembling Struckoff’s father has its arm raised in a friendly wave.

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.