Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thurman Farm Tour Features Reuse Competition

Fall Farm Tour Flip guitarThe Thurman Station Association has announced the Fall Farm Tour Flip. Participants will take an old item, have it photographed in its initial state by contest organizers, then “flip” it into some new useful or decorative item.

Thurman Station Association volunteers say entries have begun trickling in, and the photos they have snapped of starting items intrigue them: wheel rims, damaged embroidered items, a dessert dish, a metal tin, PVC scraps, jar lids, a broken guitar and an old map. There’s still time to enter (no cost) by taking the item to be flipped to Thurman town hall during Town Clerk’s hours, when she will snap the required picture.

Fall Farm Tour Flip rimsIn bygone Adirondack days when the “use it up, wear it out, do without” maxim ruled, before the words “upcycling” and “repurposing” were invented, local folks knew how to make do with things at hand. Stories abound about World War II era Adirondackers doing just that. They fixed leaky kids’ boots by cutting patches from old inner tubes and gluing them over splits and worn spots. They insulated the privy with pages from the Sears “wish book,” made clothing from grain sacks and re-used dishwater to soak the lilacs. Tales are told of farmers making field repairs on tractors with baling wire, chewing gum and a can of pepper.

A second contest invites entrants to create a scarecrow. Guidelines and entry forms are available here, or by contacting Perky Granger at or (518) 623- 9305.

Entries must be set up at two designated tour sites on October 7 and Fall Farm Tour visitors on October 8 will cast votes to determine winners. The Flip winner will be awarded a pair of Diamond Class Polar Express tickets and Scarecrow Contest’s three top vote-getters will nab cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50.

Get entry forms and guidelines now in the town hall vestibule or online.

Photos provided.

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