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AVID coordinator Karen Langer Baker, left, and the originator of the scarecrow’s design, Chris Assad, pose with the female astronaut created by FUHS A...

Fallbrook Scarecrow Days experiences casualties

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
Issue 41, Volume 16.
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FALLBROOK – Friday night, Oct. 5, was a busy night at Denny’s according to staff working that evening. When a huge group of high school students left the restaurant it was quiet. When that shift ended the staff went out to bring the scarecrow created by the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) group at Fallbrook High School for the month long event "Fallbrook Scarecrow Days," but it was gone.

Not only the scarecrow, but the base secured with 18 inch rebar was gone also leaving only the sign on the easel. It had to be difficult to remove. The scarecrow was last seen wearing white pants and a silver tunic.

Also destroyed was the St. Peter’s School entry at the corner of Stage Coach Lane and Fallbrook St. Advice from the Scarecrow committee is "take your ward in at night to prevent the goblins from getting them."

Fallbrook Scarecrow Days, initiated by a group of residents to help Fallbrook businesses is meant to attract visitors to Fallbrook to see 100 plus Scarecrows positioned at locations in the greater Fallbrook area. Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Scarecrow display to make October a great time to visit Fallbrook.

Please kidnappers, return the AVID group’s female astronaut. It stressed anything is possible for anyone in today’s world. If anyone has any information which can lead to her recovery, they are asked to contact contact Karen Langer Baker at (760) 500-0393 or, or call the Fallbrook Sheriff’s substation at (760) 728-1113.



Comment Profile ImageSusan
Comment #1 | Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. To the members of AVID, I want you to know that even though she was only there for a little while, my son loved your scarecrow. And to the St Stephens school, you did such a beautiful job. I loved your display. I hope it was just a stupid prank and that all is returned to you, but if not, please know, your hard work was noticed and appreciated.
Comment Profile ImageBrookie
Comment #2 | Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm
I have seen these around town and thought they were a great idea. Then it dawned on me.....this is Fallbrook....I knew then it would be a matter of time before the scarecrows would be trashed or missing. Great try did a wonderful job!
Comment Profile ImageNewbie
Comment #3 | Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm
While the " tone" of the article is rather light ,
" take your ward in at night to prevent the goblins from getting them ".......... the message is clear ~ leave them out and have them destroyed or stolen.
It has been fun to walk on Main Street and see just how creative people the business owners / schools/ youth organizations/ etc..... have been.
I saw the information in the AAA Magazine and was so excited to see our little town get some " love" ...
It is a sad commentary on the people that reside in town that now the only thing people will talk about are how the " crows " were stolen, kidnapped or damaged.....
Comment Profile ImageGrandma of many
Comment #4 | Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm
My grandchildren and I have enjoyed 'finding' all of the creative scarecrows in town. Sorry to hear there are the party poopers out there that wish to destroy the fun. Shame on the "kidnappers" out there... Great job to all the participants!
Comment Profile Image3 year home owner in Fallbrook.
Comment #5 | Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 4:46 am
I feel since each one is a one of a kind, hand made Scare crow. They each have the cash value of "priceless". Catch the people who took them & make them do the time.
Comment Profile Imagemarqui
Comment #6 | Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm
Please go see the Headless Horseman at the old Reche School house before we take him down over concern of vandalism. He looks amazing in that setting. Drive by today!

more info:

Fall-Brook-Reche Homeschool Co-op students recreate literature based Headless Horseman Scarecrow for Fallbrook Scarecrow Days.

Team 'Headless Horseman', Niah, Mila, and Faith, 5th graders of the Fall-Brook-Reche Homeschool Co-op, created the Headless Horseman as depicted in Washington Irving's 1820, Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The legend tells of a Hessian Soldier who lost his head in canon fire and roams the Hollow at night in search of his head.

This scarecrow wears a crafted Hessian uniform made from odds and ends at local thrift stores. He rides upon his dark horse at the Reche Schoolhouse grounds which closely resembles the setting of Sleepy Hollow.

The scarecrow project was an excellent opportunity for students to enjoy classic American literature, learn about history, and utilize their creativity to create an artful display for the community.
Comment Profile ImageWrenchers
Comment #7 | Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 9:34 am
To put this as succinctly as possible.

This absolutely sucks!

To all those who perpetrate these [criminal] acts....

Move to L.A.
Comment Profile Imagemarqui
Comment #8 | Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 10:40 am
p.s. I forgot to add: The Headless Horseman Scarecrow at the old Reche Schoolhouse will be on display during the weekend days through October.

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