There's an old scarecrow in my backyard,
and he stands there day and night
To me he is very beautiful,
but to others he's a fright.
Have you ever wondered what the history of the scarecrow is? Why is the scarecrow so popular? There are literally hundreds of scarecrow festivals all over the world that are annual events. People really go all out creating their unique scarecrows. Earliest known written fact about scarecrow's was written in 1592. Definition of a scarecrow: That which frightens or is intended to frighten without doing physical harm. Literally that which: Scares away crows, hence the name scarecrow.
In medieval Britain, young boys and girls became live scarecrows or "bird scarers" as they would patrol the fields and chase off birds by waving their arms or throwing stones.
Later, farmers started to lean stuffed sacks of straw with gourd faces against poles.
Immigrants who moved to the United States during the 1800s brought with them a variety of ideas for making scarecrows. In Pennsylvania German farmers built human looking scarecrows called a bootzamon or bogeyman. His body was a wooden cross and his head was a broom or mop top or a cloth bundle stuffed with straw. The bootzamon wore old overalls, a long-sleeved shirt or coat, a worn woolen or straw hat, and a large red hankerchief around his neck. Sometimes a second scarecrow was built to keep the bootzamon company. A bootzafrau or bogeywife, dressed in a long dress or coat and wearing a sunbonnet on her head, was placed on the opposite end of the field. The bootzamon and bootzafrau guarded cornfields, strawberry patches, and cherry orchards.
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