Diane Bacon carefully slides a backpack onto Jesse’s arm, dressing her up for the first day of school. Jesse is an 11-foot tall scarecrow whom Bacon has been dressing for the past four years. Jesse stands in her front yard for passers by to look at, or even have their picture taken with. JOCELYN TURNER – AMHERST DAILY NEWS
AMHERST - She’s 11 feet tall, with a lovely wooden figure.
Jesse, a giant scarecrow, is quite the attraction for motorists traveling along the Nappan Road.
Back in 2007, Diane Bacon’s husband, Victor Bacon, came home and greeted his wife with a large tree trunk that he wanted to turn into a lawn creature.
“We covered him with highway orange overalls and gave him a face made out of a plastic jug,” Bacon said. “But it’s awfully hard to put trousers on something stuck in the ground so in most cases, I dress her as a lady.
“But my husband keeps thinking we should dress her as a man but, like I say, it’s awfully hard,” she added. “And he hasn’t offered any of his men’s clothing.”
Bacon said she has had a lot of visitors from all over Canada, and even from the U.S., stop in for pictures with Jesse.
“We had some folks from Georgia and some from BC,” she said. “People often stop and take photos too. They don’t usually ask to take pictures but I don’t mind. But sometimes, they’ll come in and ask about her and how she came about.”