Travel Down the Scarecrow Trail




Scarecrows used to serve a purpose in "scaring crows" away from gardens, but these days they are just as fun to view as a part of a shared experience during the fall season.

The Cherokee County Master Gardeners provide just such an opportunity through its ninth annual Scarecrow Trail walk set for October 6 through 18, with a special kickoff on Saturday, October 6.

The community event is held in celebration of fall and as a fundraiser for H.O.P.E., a non –profit in Jacksonville, Texas, that provides emergency assistance like food to the less fortunate.

Each year, scarecrow makers create their special fun characters (no scary ones allowed) and add them to a special section of the Ruth B. Nichols Arboretum, 1015 Loop 456, Jacksonville. The scarecrows are available for viewing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

On Saturday, October 6, the activities include live entertainment, face-painting, food, pumpkins, mums, a Hobbit House and, of course, lots of scarecrows.

Visitors to the Scarecrow Trail are asked to donate non-perishable food items or $1 per person to support H.O.P.E.

Cherokee County Master Gardeners are local volunteers in the region who
work with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to increase the availability of
horticultural information and improve the communities' quality of life through
various horticultural projects. 

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