Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Voting for a scarecrow November 1, 2016

 

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WITCH (sic) ONE SHOULD I choose?

 

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Is this one It? Looks like a shady character hiding behind that signature hair style.

 

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This scarecrow stands out in the field. Just look at that perfect, practiced smile and that perfectly pressed plaid.

 

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The artistry here is certainly something to crow about.

 

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I’m struggling to wrap my head around the choices.

 

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Is this unique scarecrow raking in the votes? If only there were exit polls.

 

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I like this scarecrow entourage. But those signs bother me. BEWARE. Of what? And No crows. What’s wrong with crows? Yeah, I know they’re not robins…

 

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On the surface, I thought, how clever to post a campaign sign. But then I reread the words. Turning Green with Envy Needs Money popped out at me. You can’t sway my vote with sympathy, excess advertising, confusing rhetoric or via deflection.

 

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I hope the candidates will accept the outcome, respecting the democratic process that veils our votes in secrecy. No rigged polls here.

 

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There are so many choices. But really, these are just scarecrows. I shouldn’t take this election so seriously. There’s a more important election on November 8.

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FYI: These scarecrows are part of a Scarecrow Contest at the 100 Ladies and Gentlemen Craft Sale. That sale, located at 45986 Highway 56 just off Minnesota Highway 60 in Kenyon, continues from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. November 3 -6 and November 10 -13. All items are handcrafted.

Disclaimer: There’s nothing political about the craft sale. It’s just that–a craft sale.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

 

 

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16 Responses to “Voting for a scarecrow”

  1. Littlesundog Says:

    So hard to make a choice but I guess being a farm girl, the farmer with the black crow is my pick!

  2. Fun! And great puns, too!

  3. Bernadette Thomasy Says:

    Well done Audrey, a welcome stress reliever for this election season.

  4. Jackie Says:

    The scarecrow rake is my favorite, but they are all so creative and unique, I couldn’t just vote for one.

  5. Don Says:

    I vote for the straw bale Minion in the last picture!

  6. They are cute much more entertaining than our actual candidates.

  7. Valerie Says:

    Such fun and colorful scarecrows. Great photos Audrey. Hard to pick just one!

  8. Thank for sharing these. I have not been to my home, the ‘Halloween Capitol of the World’, Anoka, MN in 30 years


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