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October 24, 2013

Chester scarecrows take center stage

Scarecrows welcome visitors to Chester

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Mike Corey has had his scarecrow in place for the past three years. The stoic singing gentleman in a black suit is holding a music folder to parallel Corey’s own extensive involvement in several singing groups in the area.

He said it wasn’t difficult to create his alter ego.

“Most of the scarecrow process wasn’t hard,” he said. “The local thrift store had clothes and someone else did my wig and face work. The carpentry to get the two legs and arms just right was the toughest part.”

Other families have scarecrows resembling a child or favorite sport. There is a Red Sox player complete with bushy beard and another display has one Sox player standing in tandem with his New York Yankees nemesis.

Others are created in tribute to past community icons like former fire chiefs, road agents and soldiers. Historical figures also show up in burlap, including Benjamin Franklin and Chester clockmaker Isaac Blaisdell.

Patricia Decker lives on Trillium Lane and has two scarecrows her front yard. Both are designed to resemble her teen daughters, Mary and Michelle, who both play clarinet in the Pinkerton Academy marching band.

“When the scarecrows first started appearing years ago, I thought they were awesome,” she said. “Everyone was so different from the others. Everyone was talking about them and whenever we saw a new one, there was a sense of excitement. My neighbors had two up one year and I smiled every time I saw them.”

Decker wanted to model the scarecrows after her two daughters.

“My daughter, Mary, picked out her head, the one with freckles, and I picked one at random for Michelle,” she said.

Getting her daughters involved in creating their doppelgangers was part of the fun, she said, and the girls helped style the hair and the outfits.

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