Ghent resident Mike DiMisa, right, shows young fairgoers how to build an elephant from straw. DiMisa will lead the sixth annual scarecrow-making clinic at the fairgrounds on July 16. Individuals, families and groups are invited to participate in the free workshop.

CHATHAM – Award-winning scarecrow maker Mike DiMisa of Ghent will lead a free scarecrow-making workshop July 16 at 9 a.m. in the Show Ring at the Columbia County Fairgrounds at the Route 203 entrance.

Individuals, families and organizations are encouraged to attend the sixth annual scarecrow-making clinic. Drawing upon DiMisa’s expertise, participants will learn tricks and tips to create a life-size scarecrow. DiMisa will give a free demonstration on scarecrow-making, sharing his tips as a local winner of the fair’s annual contest. Participants are encouraged – but not required – to enter their work in the Scarecrow Contest at the 2017 Columbia County Fair August 30 to September 4, offering 17 cash prizes. The contest is sponsored by Trustco Bank.

Workshop admission is free but participants are encouraged to sign up in advance by calling the Fair Office at (518) 392-2121 or at