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Scarecrow Spectacular Returns to WVBG

The exhibit will remain in place throughout October and admission is free

Nonprofits in the Morgantown area have something to crow about.

The West Virginia Botanic Garden, a nonprofit organization at 1061 Tyrone Road, is displaying the second Scarecrow Spectacular. Each year, area nonprofits are invited to construct and display a themed scarecrow at the garden that tells a little about the work they’re doing to help the community.

“Nonprofits often work together to achieve their own individual missions,” said Philip Smith, the garden’s executive director. “We often work with local organizations to assist in our educational and wellness programming. We like to celebrate the work all of these important organizations while creating a fun, temporary exhibit for families to enjoy each October.”

According to garden officials, there are 14 scarecrows on display this year, mostly around the accessible Reservoir Loop Trail.

“We’re seeing an uptick in visitation due to the exhibit this year,” Smith said. “This time of year, the gate to our lower parking may close at any time after 4 p.m. While the garden remains open until dusk, we encourage those with small children or those with limited mobility to visit while the gate is open between 9 [a.m.] and 4 [p.m.] daily.”

The exhibit will remain in place throughout October, and admission is free.


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This scarecrow, called Tiger on the Wind, was created by West Virginia Botanic Garden staff for the Scarecrow Spectacular.

The Bone Brothman scarecrow by Mountain People’s Co-Op

These scarecrows pay tribute to the famous painting ‘American Gothic’