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Scarecrows returning to Hanley Farm

A key symbol of fall will soon be hanging out in droves at a historic Rogue Valley farmhouse.

If the field denizens at the sixth annual Southern Oregon Historical Society Scarecrow Festival are anything like years past, they won't be clad just in traditional scarecrow garb. Ninjas, superheroes, figures from Oregon history, and a host of others might be propped up among the rows, too.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9 at Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road in Central Point, and visitors will get to vote on their favorite. Admission is free.

"People seem to really enjoy voting on their favorite scarecrow," said festival Director Alice Mulally.

Festival organizers said they have enough materials for 150 people to make the scarecrows that get put out in the field. Scarecrow-making kits cost $15 per person or $10 for SOHS members.

"That's the big thing," Mulally said. "People coming to make the scarecrows."

Many of the creations over the past six years have hung in traditional scarecrow poses, but not always. One year, a group put their scarecrow creation in a lounge chair, gave it a book called "A Murder of Crows" and covered the scene with a chorus of the night-colored birds.

Hay rides, children's activities and games will also be available, along with produce for sale — including pumpkins. There will also be an area where attendees can dress up in old-fashioned clothing and get their pictures taken. Tours of the Hanley House, built in 1875, will be available for $5 a person or $3 for SOHS members.

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.