By Taylor Jones
What started as an idea to promote a fine state park in South Alabama quickly became a tradition that many in the south have come to enjoy.
“Scarecrows in the Park” has become a tradition at Frank Jackson State Park located in the small town of Opp, Alabama. Each fall, scarecrows welcome visitors to Frank Jackson State Park during the months of October and November as a way to say “hello to fall.”
Scarecrows in the Park, which is in its 11th year, started out with a group of volunteers who wanted to draw more visitors to the state park located in Covington County.
“We needed some way to attract people to the park, because many people, even in Opp, were not aware of what the park was like,” says Charles Willis of the “Frank Jackson State Park Trail Masters”.
Willis says that the motivation for this event came from one of the Trail Masters founding members, Juanita Blocker. Blocker had the idea to display around 100 scarecrows throughout the park, and it has only grown from there. So much so, that the state of Alabama wanted to help grow the event by constructing a new trail in the park.
Willis estimates that 5,000 guests visit the park during the months of October and November for “Scarecrows in the Park”. Guests easily flock to Opp to see the scarecrows, because of the easy accessibility. Frank Jackson State Park offers transportation for senior citizens who are not able to walk long distances, so that they can take in the scarecrows. The park also welcomes large buses from schools or churches. Frank Jackson State Park is also friendly to those who are traveling from out of state. There are cabins located inside the park that have as many For more information on “Scarecrows in the Park”, and on Frank Jackson State Park, visit alapark.com/frank-jackson-state-park online.as three bedrooms, as well as a number of hotels in the Opp area.
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