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Scarecrow Trail open to visitors
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Darth Rebel and Bully-Wan-Kanobi are waiting to greet visitors to the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona.
The Star Wars-inspired creations are among the 60 residents of this year's Scarecrow Trail, which winds through gardens filled with flowers and landscape plants.
The trail opened to the public Sept. 17 and will remain open through Oct. 25. Admission is free, and families or individuals who want to enjoy the gardens and exhibits may walk the trail anytime Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The North Mississippi Extension Horticulture Center Master Gardeners and the Tupelo Visitors and Convention Bureau sponsor the Scarecrow Trail.
"The trail is a way to introduce youth to the 4-H Junior Master Gardener program and to show them ways gardening can be fun," said Alice Nunnelley, project chair of the North Mississippi Master Gardeners. "The scarecrows are the creations of local school groups, businesses, organizations and individuals."
Guided group tours are available. For reservations, call Sharon McKissick of the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau at (662) 841-6521 or (800) 533-0611.
For more information on the 4-H Junior Master Gardener program, visit their Web page or contact a county Extension agent.