Barn upgrades cancel this year’s Scarecrow Festival |

Barn upgrades cancel this year’s Scarecrow Festival

One of Park City’s most popular events, the Scarecrow Festival, will go on hiatus this year.

The McPolin Barn’s structural upgrade is to blame, according to Denise Carey, facility coordinator for Park City Municipal and manager of the McPolin Farm.

“There is a safety issue,” Carey told The Park Record. “Workers are putting new tresses up in the barn, so there will be more and bigger trucks going in and out of the farm area. We worry about having that many people out on the trail with all of that traffic.”

In addition, the area where the scarecrow making takes place is fenced off.

“There really is no place to host the festival,” Carey explained.
The Scarecrow Festival started in 2002 and has become a tradition to many local residents, Carey said.

“Not only are there people making the scarecrows, but once [the 45 scarecrows] are put on display, I remember quite a few weekends when there would be a minimum of 50 people on the trail looking at the scarecrows,” she said. “ The Scarecrow Festival is fun and it’s done by the community. People would see who made some of the scarecrows and recognize names of people they know.”

While the festival will take a hiatus this year, it will be back next year, Carey promised.

“People can start planning on it for September,” she said. “I hope next year we can find a way so people can vote on the funniest or the scariest scarecrows. That would be fun for something different.”

McPolin Barn renovations are scheduled to be completed by Nov. 15.

“That will be just in time for cross-country skiing,” Carey said.

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