Build a Scarecrow Day is a unique and fun festival that is celebrated each year in the USA on the first Saturday in July. Scarecrows are special human shaped figures that are created by farmers to scare the birds away from their crows. They are traditionally made from straw and covered with old clothes. After they have been completed, these scarecrows are set in fields.
On this special day people gather to build scarecrows and celebrate the coming of autumn. While this festival has been celebrated in the USA for more than a century, it is now gaining international appeal. In fact, Build a Scarecrow Day has been celebrated in rural parts of the United Kingdom since 1990. This is a good opportunity for members of the community to get together and celebrate the changing of the seasons in a unique way. Competitions are even held to see who can make the best scarecrow.