Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Voting for a scarecrow November 1, 2016




WITCH (sic) ONE SHOULD I choose?




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




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




The artistry here is certainly something to crow about.




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




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




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…




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.




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




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.


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




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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