Opp park is scarecrows’ nest

Published 11:59 pm Friday, October 2, 2009

Ballerinas, preachers and even Santa Claus are just a few of the characters who will call Opp’s Lake Frank Jackson State Park home over the next two months, as a part of the “Scarecrows in the Park” exhibit.

The Lake Frank Jackson Trail Masters Association sponsors the exhibit, which held its official opening ceremony Thursday morning. Individuals, businesses, churches and other organizations in the community were asked to create unique scarecrows or displays, which were then placed on the trails at the state park. The Andalusia Ballet created a pair of ballerina scarecrows, several churches had scarecrow preachers, and one individual even created a Santa Claus scarecrow, with a sign saying, “See you in December!”

“This was an amazingly successful event last year,” said Jenelle Kelsoe, event chairman. “The purpose is to make people aware of the state park, this wonderful asset we have here in Opp. It’s a great community event because so many people were creative in designing their scarecrows.”

Kelsoe said there are more than 200 scarecrows spread across the 5 miles of the park’s Red, Green and Blue trails. The Trail Masters Association maintains the trails year-round.

“Scarecrows in the Park” will remain open through November, and more scarecrows will be added over the next two months. The trails are free, but there is a small fee to enter the park — children from ages 6 to 11 and seniors age 62 and older pay $0.50, and adults pay $1.

The park is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.