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Scarecrow Walk and Design Contest

13th Annual Scarecrow Walk

This year's theme: Fairy Tale ‘Crows

Saturday, October 3 - Sunday, November 1, 2020

More than 50 scarecrows will be on display throughout the Garden! Come vote for your favorite in the “Fairy Tale ‘Crows” theme to determine which ‘crows will be the top five prize winners!

Reserve tickets for the month of October today!

13th Annual Scarecrow Design Contest

Morris Arboretum’s Scarecrow Design Contest is back for the 13th year (spooky right?) with the 2020 theme, “Fairy Tale ‘Crows.” Think back to your favorite fairy tales. Who was the character you liked or feared most? It’s your chance to re-create a scarecrow version of a fairy tale character for display at the Morris Arboretum. Could it be Goldilocks and the three bears, the beautiful Snow White or her evil Queen, or Ali Baba mouthing ‘Open Sesame’, or maybe it’s the brave Moana or the boisterous demigod, Maui? All fairy tale characters are welcome.

Scarecrows will be on display throughout the Arboretum from October 3 through November 1. Visitors will vote for their favorite scarecrow online to determine the winners. Top prize is $250.

Registration Deadline & Fees

Thank you for our interest, but the contest is currently SOLD OUT. Come join the fun by visiting October 3 through November 1st and vote for your favorite scarecrow!

Supply Pick Up Dates: September 19 through September 27
Pick up your scarecrow frame, straw, burlap and twine at the Arboretum’s front gate during public hours.

Scarecrow Drop Off Dates:
Tuesday, September 29: 5:00-6:30PM
Wednesday, September 30: 5:00-6:30PM
Thursday, October 1: 5:00-6:30PM

Drop off your Scarecrow at the Bloomfield Farm (directly across the street from the Arboretum’s main entrance). We’ll ask for the name of your scarecrow at drop-off, so be prepared.

Scarecrow Pick Up Dates:
Your scarecrow will be ready to be picked up during public hours November 3-5.
Scarecrows left after the 5th will be discarded.

Entry Fee:
Members: $25
Non-Members: $30


1st Prize: $250 Cash
2nd Prize: $100 Morris Arboretum gift card
3rd Prize: $75 Morris Arboretum gift card

Sold Out

Are you re-using your wood frame from last year? Use promo code FRAME at checkout to get $5 off.

or Download the entry form

Straw MUST be the primary material used to construct your scarecrow.

All scarecrows will be displayed outdoors for nearly a month, so design materials should be as weatherproof as possible. The Arboretum reserves the right to remove any scarecrow that has deteriorated to an unacceptable level during that period. Scarecrows must be designed as family friendly, or they will not be accepted for display.

Public voting on the best scarecrows will happen electronically October 1 through October 20, with winners announced after October 20th.

The Arboretum will provide signage identifying participant name/organization and the name of each scarecrow. The Arboretum will determine the location of all scarecrows and install them. Please do not include any signage, flyers, or stand-alone logo materials with your scarecrow.

The Morris Arboretum reserves the right to use photographs, contact names, and scarecrow names for publicity purposes.

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