Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

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October 13, 2010

Scarecrow Trail opens Saturday

JACKSONVILLE — The Grand Opening of the community Scarecrow Trail at the Ruth Bowling Nichols Arboretum will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

The public is invited to view over 100 unique scarecrows made by local individuals, families, businesses, civic groups, and school students.  

Individual awards will be displayed during the Grand Opening.  

Suggested price of admission Saturday is a donation of non-perishable food items for the Manna Pantry at HOPE.  

After opening day, admission is free.  

The Arboretum is located at the Texas Forest Service, 1015 SE Loop 456 in Jacksonville.  

Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday – Friday.

This First Annual Scarecrow Trail is sponsored by the Cherokee County Master Gardeners Association.  

Co-Chair, Kathy Moak, invites everyone in the community to visit the trail.  

“The degree of creativity shown by area residents with these scarecrows is inspiring!  With names like Ol’ Money Bags, and Cirque du Scarecrow, these are not your run of the mill scarecrows,” Moak said. “The beautiful fall weather is the perfect time to walk the Trail, admire the inventiveness of local residents, and have some fun.  

“The arboretum is a wonderful asset for Cherokee County, but many people are not aware of what it offers to our community.”  

“We are very pleased with the support and creativity that children of all ages have demonstrated by making the scarecrows.  This event will be a fun community event, and we hope to see many families enjoying the Scarecrow Trail and Arboretum,” stated master gardener Keith Billings.  “Several schools and civic groups have already scheduled tours of the Trail and Arboretum.”  

Large groups planning to attend or for guided tours, contact the Master Gardeners at 903-721-0743 or the Texas Forest Service at 903-586-7545, he added.

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