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Shelton's Oronoque Farms Celebrates Fall By Stuffing Scarecrows

The littlest visitors enjoy the annual Scarecrow Festival at Oronoque Farms in Shelton last weekend.
The littlest visitors enjoy the annual Scarecrow Festival at Oronoque Farms in Shelton last weekend. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Facepainting is part of the fun at the annual Scarecrow Festival at Oronoque Farms in Shelton.
Facepainting is part of the fun at the annual Scarecrow Festival at Oronoque Farms in Shelton. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
There is fun for people of all ages at the annual Scarecrow Festival at Oronoque Farms in Shelton last weekend.
There is fun for people of all ages at the annual Scarecrow Festival at Oronoque Farms in Shelton last weekend. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Facepainting is part of the fun at the annual Scarecrow Festival at Oronoque Farms in Shelton.
Facepainting is part of the fun at the annual Scarecrow Festival at Oronoque Farms in Shelton. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Stuffing the scarecrow at the annual Scarecrow Festival at Oronoque Farms in Shelton.
Stuffing the scarecrow at the annual Scarecrow Festival at Oronoque Farms in Shelton. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Taking a leap at the annual Scarecrow Festival at Oronoque Farms in Shelton last weekend.
Taking a leap at the annual Scarecrow Festival at Oronoque Farms in Shelton last weekend. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Posing with a new scarecrow buddy at Oronoque Farms in Shelton.
Posing with a new scarecrow buddy at Oronoque Farms in Shelton. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Everyone finds a way to the make the perfect scarecrow at the annual festival at Oronoque Farms in Shelton.
Everyone finds a way to the make the perfect scarecrow at the annual festival at Oronoque Farms in Shelton. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone

SHELTON, Conn. -- Autumn in Shelton means it's time to pull out the stops for the Scarecrow Festival at Oronoque Farms, a tradition that has grown in the past decade.

"I've been doing this festival since my girls were little, and we enjoy doing it each year," says Jenette Kreitler, owner of Oronoque Farms.

At event, scarecrow fans could pay $20 and have all the supplies handy to make one of their very own. All it takes is a head, shirt and pants — and all the hay you need to fill it. The fun activity was suitable for all ages — whether stuffing the scarecrow, posing for photos or taking a leap from hay bale to hay bale.

The business has been around since 1949, when Betty Winton started selling pies from a roadside stand just outside her house to make money for a scholarship for her alma meter, Mount Holyoke College.

The farm, which quickly grew, was destroyed by a fire in 1985. But everyone remembered the pies.

Winton's daughter, Susan, and her family reopened the business under the name Oronoque Farms in 1993. She made fresh baked pies and cookies using her mother's recipes.

In 2004, Jenette Kreitler took over as the new owner.

Oronoque Farms is still dishing up its famous pies. During the summer, the flavors include key lime, peach, strawberry, peach crumb, and strawberry rhubarb.

The favorites served up year-round include: apple, apple crumb, cherry, chocolate cream, strawberry chiffon, lemon chiffon, coconut custard, custard, chocolate chiffon, pumpkin chiffon, coconut cream, banana cream, cherry crumb, blueberry crumb, and blueberry.

"We like to keep our customers happy," says Kreitler.

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