The Edmonds City Council had a surprise visitor at its Sept. 2 meeting: “No-Noggin,” a scarecrow built by 4-year-old Augustine “Gus” Nishino.
“No-Noggin” was there to promote the upcoming second annual Edmonds Scarecrow Festival.
With the help of his grandmother, Edmonds City Councilmember Lora Petso, Gus reached the podium microphone and was quick to assure the council that No-Noggin’s lack of a cranium was only temporary. “He’ll be getting a pumpkin head in time for Halloween,” he said.
Gus was followed by Edmonds Historical Museum Board member Dave Buelow, project manager for this year’s Scarecrow Festival, who provided the Council with information on the upcoming event.
“Last year was the first time we tried this,” said Buelow, “and the response was incredible. We had 54 scarecrows officially entered, and this year we’re looking for lots more.”
Sponsored by the Edmonds Historical Museum and the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society, the Scarecrow Festival encourages local residents and businesses to build and display family-friendly scarecrows throughout the month of October. Citizens join in the fun by casting votes online at the Museum’s website to determine the best scarecrow in six categories: Residential, Business in Bowl, Business Outside Bowl, School/Youth Group, Artist/Art Group and Government/Civic Group.
Entrants may register their scarecrow online beginning Oct. 1. The website also includes an FAQ and simple “how to build a scarecrow” instructions. For more information, Buelow invites the public to email the Museum or call the Scarecrow Hotline (425-774-6507) after Sept. 10.
An active member of the Edmonds community, the Edmonds Historical Museum runs an array of local events. In addition to the Scarecrow Festival, these include the Spring Garden Market, the Summer Farmers’ Market, the Halloween Haunted House, and the annual Heritage Days Banquet and Auction.
The Museum is open year-round between 1 and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, but opens at 10 a.m. on market days. Suggested donation in lieu of an admission fee is $5 for adults, and $2 for students.