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If They Only Had a Brain: Autumn's Scarecrow Spots

If They Only Had a Brain: Autumn's Scarecrow Spots Photo

Photo by tvordj

Posted on October 6, 2008 in Trip Ideas

In beer glasses everywhere, Belgian wheat gets glory. Now Belgian straw has its day. In honor of this Saturday’s outlandish scarecrow festival in Brussels’ Grand Place, here are your favorite hay havens. What these stand-up folks lack in substance, they make up for in style.

Joe’s Scarecrow Village, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Local expert tvordj stumbled across a creepy-yet-fabulous village on the Cabot Trail that is “not all that well known.” She describes it as a “weird and wonderful attraction” with “dozens of figures lined up across a field, including Queen Elizabeth II, Maggie Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, and other world leaders.” Her verdict: “It's very clever and quirky and something a little different!”

Photo by tvordj

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico
One of IgoUgo’s favorite annual events, the balloon fiesta in Albuquerque, is up in the air this week (literally). Among the legions of stunning balloons, BawBaw found a smiling scarecrow flying high with birds, bees, chili peppers, and other mascots of the “extraordinary sport.”

Photo by BawBaw

Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Disney doyenne onesundaymorning wouldn’t miss a haunted happening at her favorite theme park. She visited the Haunted Mansion ride around the holidays and photographed a puzzling rendition of a scarecrow that had both herself and AgedToPerfection asking, “Halloween or Christmas?”

Photo by onesundaymorning

Tam-awan Village, Baguio, Philippines
“Tam-awan Village is known to be the artists’ haven,” says writeonthespot, and it’s where, among fertility huts and crafts, manlalakbay found at least one friendly scarecrow. “Throughout the property, installation art pieces greet the visitor,” explains Marseilles. “This entire property is a hangout of Baguio-based artists, and the idea behind the construction of Tam-awan Village was Ben Cabrera's, one of the country's most famous artists.”

Photo by manlalakbay

Festival-going IgoUgo members say scarecrows have served as the first sign of fall in places from Idaho to New Zealand. Where is your favorite fall festival? Log in or register to discuss the topic on the IgoUgo Forums.

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