The Red Hat Society recently spent an enjoyable day enjoying the Scarecrow Forest.
By Marianne Curtis
About a decade ago corn mazes began cropping up throughout the region to provide a fun fall themed activity for all ages. Taking that idea, the owners of a Giroux business have expanded on it and created the very first Scarecrow Forest.
The Scarecrow Forest is a half mile gravel trail winding through twenty acres of bush located along Highway 311 west of Giroux. Along the path through the forest are 20 child friendly scarecrow scenes making a walk through the woods a very exciting adventure. The scarecrows are involved in various farming activities, including looking after plots of wheat, corn, oats, and barley.
According to Ty Penner, one of the owners of the Scarecrow Forest, this is the second season that the business has been open.
The Scarecrow Forest was created two years ago in the forest located at Penner Pumpkins, just west of Giroux. The themed venture is an addition to the family business that was created over two decades ago as a family hobby.
Families are encouraged to make their visit a day long adventure. There is a shaded picnic area, Zipline rides, tractor train rides, a farm animal maze, play structures, mega sandboxes, a bale maze, a petting farm, and a corn trail.
The Scarecrow Forest officially opened for business this year on August 1 and is open until October 31. During the month of August it was open daily but the hours of operation will decrease to weekends only starting at the beginning of September until the end of the season.
In addition, during September special events are taking place on the weekends. On September 18 and 19 there will be an antique tractor show from a private collection in the Penner family. The kids can make their own scarecrows to take home on September 25 and 26 or October 9. The Pumpkin Olympics will take place October 2 and 3 with events such as Pumpkin Croquet, Pumpkin Carry, Pie Eating Contest, Pumpkin Shot Put, Pumpkin Roll, and Pumpkin Seed Spitting.