Monday, 21 October 2013

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival

Nova Scotia, Scarecrow Festival, Mahone Bay, Marilyn Munroe
Marilyn Dancing Amongst the Pumpkins
A couple of weeks ago we went to the Scarecrow Festival in Mahone Bay. 

Now in its 17th year, the festival draws quite a crowd.  This year there were appearances by Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, legendary rockers, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  The Royal Family with little baby Prince George were seen amongst the crowds.

Scarecrow Festival, Mick Jagger, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Mahone Bay has a population of 900 people, but on Festival weekend, you would think it was a thriving metropolis.  The streets were packed with visitors and the traffic was moving along at a slow crawl.  Organizers estimate that it draws 10,000 visitors over the weekend - that is just about 10% of the Provinces' population!  Nova Scotia often feels like a small town - we ran into 8 people we knew.

Nova Scotia Scarecrow Festival, The Queen Scarecrow, Mahone Bay
We are Amused!

The scarecrows are really creative.  This year there were about 100 different scarecrows.  Businesses and local residents all participate, so whatever street you walk down, there are scarecrows to be found.

The painted faces of the Queen and Prince Philip are quite good.  There were more painted faces this year than in previous years.  I have to admit that I prefer the painted or rug hooked faces to the photo transfers.

Here are a few of our favourites from 2013:
Nova Scotia, Scarecrow Festival, Mahone Bay
Jazz Hands
Nova Scotia, Scarecrow Festival, Mahone Bay
The Flying Dutchman

My all time favourite is this lovely lady.  I just love her hooked eyes and big red lips!
Nova Scotia, Scarecrow Festival, Mahone Bay
Rug Hooked Flapper

It was a blast.  We will definitely go again!

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