City Clerk Karen Jordan said the Uncle Si scarecrow, based on a character from the popular TV show “Duck Dynasty,” was a lot of peoples’ favorite in the city’s first-ever scarecrow contest.
Now, someone has made off with the scarecrow entered by the Ball Ground Elementary fourth-grade classes, and parents and students want to see him returned.
City Manager Eric Wilmarth said the Ball Ground police are involved with the search to find the missing scarecrow, and that whoever took it could face charges for theft.
“A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual who stole this item,” Wilmarth said. “The scarecrow is the property of the fourth-grade classes at Ball Ground Elementary School. If Uncle Si is returned to the satisfaction of the teachers and the principal at (the school), the city would not take any further action. If an arrest is made, the punishment is up the court system.”
Four fourth-grade moms spent more than 40 hours of work making the scarecrow, and one of them, Allison Martin, said she couldn’t believe someone in such a close community would take their children’s favorite character.
“We did Si Robertson from Duck Dynasty, and it is uncanny how well it turned out,” Martin said. “We did this for the kids, because they just love seeing Si when they go across the railroad tracks on their way to school and in the afternoon. And I’ve heard parents say they (drive a different way to school) just so their kids can see Si on the way. Whoever took him, please just put him back, no questions asked. The kids really just want Si back.”
Martin said her children, who are students at Ball Ground Elementary, ride on the right side of the bus in the mornings so they can see Si on their way to school.
“I’m sure they noticed that (the scarecrow was missing Thursday morning), and I know it’s been the talk of Ball Ground Elementary,” Martin said.
Martin said the fourth-grade moms decided to do a scarecrow theme around Duck Dynasty because the show reflects the tight community and Christian values that many in Ball Ground appreciate.
“The kids got to pick what they wanted as their scarecrow, and that’s what they wanted,” Martin said. “It took about 40 hours total, it took about a week to put him together.”
Wilmarth said the city hopes for the safe return of the scarecrow, or information leading to the arrest of the thief.
“At the end of the day, this was an elementary school project and a large number of our kids put a lot of time and effort into creating something nice in the community. Whoever took it probably thought they did so as a prank, but they are simply a thief,” Wilmarth said.
Martin said she and Angela Bryant, who put together the face of the scarecrow, had talked about how sad it was the children wouldn’t be able to see Si on the way to school anymore.
“There are no words to describe the job she did on that scarecrow,” Martin said of Bryant’s work. “It was just so satisfying to hear, ‘Oh my gosh, look at him, look at him!’ And to hear all the kids talking about it. As moms, that’s what Angie and I were talking about, that’s what you enjoy is hearing excitement from the kids.”
This year was the first downtown Ball Ground scarecrow display, and Jordan said school PTA had put together a committee to judge the scarecrows for a contest.
Anyone with information about the scarecrow is asked to call City Hall at (770) 735-2123, Jordan said.