Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Scarecrow Walk and Design Contest

12th Annual Scarecrow Walk & Design Contest!

This year's theme: Famous Musicians

Saturday, October 5 - Thursday, October 31, 2019

You are invited to participate in the twelfth annual Scarecrow Design Contest! This year participants may create a scarecrow for the theme: Famous Musicians. These scarecrows may be a singer or play an instrument, such as Elvis Presley, Dizzy Gillespie, Lady Gaga or Elton John. All entries will be on display on Scarecrow Walk at Morris Arboretum for almost four weeks, October 5th through Halloween, Thursday, October 31st. Frame, straw, burlap and twine are provided, the rest is up to you! Space is limited to 35 Scarecrows. This popular contest fills quickly, get your entry in early!

Registration Deadline & Fees

Thank you for our interest, the contest is is currently FULL. Join in on the fun by visiting and voting for your favorite entry starting October 3!

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 25th
Material Pick-up: Sat/Sun, September 21 & 22 and Sat/Sun, September 28 & 29, 10am-5pm Self-Serve
Scarecrow Delivery Date (delivered to Bloomfield Farm at Morris Arboretum):
Tuesday, October 1st, 5-6:30pm with Staff and Thursday, October 3rd. 9-10am or 5-6:30pm with Staff
Entry Fee:
     Members: $25
     Non-Members: $30
Reuse your wood frame from past years: $5 Off, use promo code FRAME at checkout


1st Prize: $150 Cash
2nd Prize: $75 Morris Arboretum gift card
3rd Prize: $50 Morris Arboretum gift card
4th Prize: $35 Morris Arboretum gift card
5th Prize: $25 Morris Arboretum gift card

Register Now

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

All scarecrows will be displayed outdoors for 25 days, so design materials must 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. All scarecrows will be returned to their creators on November 1 and 2. After this date, any remaining scarecrows will be disposed of.

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

Straw MUST be the primary material used to construct your scarecrow. I have read all of the stipulations of the Scarecrow Design Contest and understand its rules and policies.

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