Scarecrows in the Park through November

Published 12:01 am Saturday, October 2, 2010

Lumberjacks, Humpty Dumpty and Santa Claus are among the characters who will call Opp’s Frank Jackson State Park home for the next two months, as part of the “Scarecrows in the Park” exhibit.

The Lake Frank Jackson Trail Masters Association sponsors the exhibit, which held its official opening ceremony Friday morning.

Individuals, businesses, churches and other organizations within the community were asked to create unique scarecrows or displays, which were placed on the trails at the state park.

Mid South Home Health created a tribute to Humpty Dumpty, several churches had preachers, and one individual created Santa Claus complete with a sign saying, “See you in December!”

Scarecrows are expected to be added to the trail during the next two months, and organizers say they hope to surpass the 280 scarecrows last year’s event brought.

“We want a lot of people to come out. It’s great advertising,” Trail Master’s President Kenneth Short said. “This is not just an Opp event, but a Covington County event.”

“Scarecrows in the Park,” will remain open through November. 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, $1.

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

Groups interested in attending are encouraged to schedule a time by calling Jenelle Kelsoe at 493-4419 or Short at 493-7248.

Scarecrows of all kinds line the trails of Frank Jackson State Park. Above: Lumberjacks work to saw wood for the upcoming winter. Right: Santa Claus has made a appearance to see who’s naughty or nice.| Kendra Bolling/Star-News