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Arboretum's Scarecrow Trail adds to autumn ambience

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  • Forty-five scarecrows decorated by area Girl Scout and Cub Scout troops are on display through this month at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, including "Windy City Scarecrow" by a troop at Waterbury Elementary School in Roselle.

       Forty-five scarecrows decorated by area Girl Scout and Cub Scout troops are on display through this month at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, including "Windy City Scarecrow" by a troop at Waterbury Elementary School in Roselle.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Theo Marchand, 5, of Naperville, and his mother Julia Marchand check out "Nature Bob Solar Pants," a scarecrow made by a Scout troop from Arbor View School in Glen Ellyn.

       Theo Marchand, 5, of Naperville, and his mother Julia Marchand check out "Nature Bob Solar Pants," a scarecrow made by a Scout troop from Arbor View School in Glen Ellyn.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • "Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head," a scarecrow designed by Scouts from St. Walter School in Roselle, provides an ideal photographic backdrop.

       "Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head," a scarecrow designed by Scouts from St. Walter School in Roselle, provides an ideal photographic backdrop.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Theo Marchand, 5, of Naperville, examines a scarecrow called "Together We Can Do Anything" by Scouts from Hammerschmidt Elementary School in Lombard.

       Theo Marchand, 5, of Naperville, examines a scarecrow called "Together We Can Do Anything" by Scouts from Hammerschmidt Elementary School in Lombard.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • "Cookie Loving Scarecrow," designed by Scouts from Briar Glen Elementary School in Wheaton, is one of 45 scarecrows on display this month at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

       "Cookie Loving Scarecrow," designed by Scouts from Briar Glen Elementary School in Wheaton, is one of 45 scarecrows on display this month at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • "Earth's Minions Unite!" was designed by Scouts from Churchill Elementary School in Glen Ellyn.

       "Earth's Minions Unite!" was designed by Scouts from Churchill Elementary School in Glen Ellyn.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
By Sarah Clark
The Morton Arboretum

The Scarecrow Trail, featuring 45 figures designed and decorated by area Girl and Boy Scouts will once again provide a visual highlight this fall at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

For the next month, the trail will feature a variety of scarecrows made by Scouts from troops in Addison, Arlington Heights, Aurora, Batavia, Bolingbrook, Darien, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Lemont, Lisle, Lockport/Homer Glen, Lombard, Naperville, Oak Park, Orland Park, Oswego, Plainfield, Prospect Heights, Roselle, Schaumburg, Westmont, Wheaton and Woodridge.

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This year's scarecrows come with some imaginative names, including "Nature Fairy," "Nature Bob Solar Pants," "Flower Queen," "Minecraft Cub Scout," "Corn-e with a Mustache," "Lady Ga-Garbage" and "Caught in a Web of Brownies."

Visitors are invited to vote for the "People's Choice" Scarecrow. Ballots are available at the start of the trail and can be returned to the Visitor Center. The winning scarecrow will be announced in early November at the arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle.

The Scarecrow Trail is part of the arboretum's Fall Color Festival, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends in October and Columbus Day.

The Scarecrow Trail is free with admission to the arboretum.

For fall color updates, visit mortonarb.org or call the Bloom 'n Color Hotline at (630) 719-7955.

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