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Shelburne Leaf People


So, as I sit here, attempting to study for my Chinese Philosophy midterm, all I can think about are those roadside scarecrow people along route 7 in Shelburne. Yeah, I know, it’s pretty weird.

This past weekend— Middlebury’s fall break — I spent some time in Vermont’s very own Northeast Kingdom, a place that for many reasons is beyond words (examples: foliage and epic thrift stores). So I was driving back to Middlebury via Burlington when all of a sudden my eyes, which were glossed over by the myriad colors, experienced a major double take. Who are these roadside, eerily-realistic scarecrow people? Honestly, it’s more like “scare-people” people.

Well, this is why I love the internet. A simple Google search of “Shelburne scarecrow people” led me to a WCAX report, where the “leaf-people” are explained. Now, it’s just a matter of driving through Shelburne, particularly at night, and not constantly replaying “Children of the Corn” in my head…oh yeah, and this midterm tomorrow. Damn.

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