On Thursday morning, walkers in Edmonds’ Hummingbird Hill Park came upon the grisly remains of two scarecrows missing since last weekend. Both had been recently entered as contestants in the Edmonds Museum’s annual scarecrow festival.
Johnny Appleseed and the Tin Man were last seen Saturday night at their posts on Walnut Avenue in front of the Emerald Place Condominiums and Walnut Street Coffee. The two vanished without a trace, and have been missing ever since.
“Immediately upon receiving the call we dispatched the Museum CSI team to the scene,” said Scarecrow Festival coordinator Dave Buelow. “They found numerous dismembered body parts scattered on the ground. It was shocking.”
The museum team collected the remains and after a full forensic investigation returned them to the grieving scarecrow builders.
“Edmonds’ annual scarecrow festival is an occasion for joy and community building in our town,” said Buelow. “We are all dismayed at the thoughtlessness of the vandals who perpetrated this heinous act.”
Meanwhile, the scarecrow builders mourn their loss. “Tin Man didn’t even have time to rust,” said Skip and Mary of Emerald Place Condos. There is no word yet whether either group plans to rebuild.
Despite their untimely demise, Appleseed and Tin Man remain contestants in this year’s festival, albeit posthumously.
— By Larry Vogel
If you want to register your scarecrow for the annual Edmonds Museum festival, you have until Oct. 22 at this link.