Scarecrows Popping Up In Frontenac

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FRONTENAC, MO. (KPLR) - Some strange figures started "cropping" up last Friday around Frontenac area roads.  In Monday’s Patrick’s people, Patrick Clark introduces us to a woman who started a scarecrow craze.

There might be a decline of crows in St. Louis County, thanks to Lee Murray.

These are sandbags that we used for the faces of the heads.  As it turned out that was an early learning experience.  We discovered that the sandbags held up a lot better than pillow cases for heads.

Murray is the former mayor of Frontenac, and about three years ago she scared up her scarecrow scheme.

It started when my husband and I were traveling in New England and we drove into a town and were greeted by hundreds of scarecrows.

She figured what farmers used in their fields in the fall would fit in Frontenac.

So she funded the first year's project herself.

Now the city provides the forms and the hay

Boy scouts helped build the frames and city workers installed them along area roads.

You'll see that there are heads that are masks and some that have been drawn on and some with faces and hats and all kinds of things.   It's only limited by people's creativity.

Do you feel that this draws people in the community together?

Absolutely.  It draws people together, gets them working together.

And maybe slows them down, spying strange figures along streets.

I was wondering if you could help cause I saw a pair of pants that could fit.

I'm sure we could work something out.

Hey, seeing as we all put our pants on one leg at a time, I figure there's something to learn from this.

We certainly learned that if you don't tie the legs of the pants, the straw goes right through the bottom.  So start at the bottom and work your way up.

And that's some stand up advice for keeping the crows out and your community working together.