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Red, orange, and yellow maples leaves in fall.

16th Annual Scarecrow Design Contest

Friday, September 1 Thursday, September 21
Registration Deadline: September 21
Members: $25 • Non-members: $30

Morris Arboretum & Gardens’ Scarecrow Design Contest is back for the 16th year! This year’s theme is “The 1990s” in celebration of our 90th anniversary as a public garden. It’s your chance to create a scarecrow version of your favorite ’90s musician, icon, or nostalgia for display at the Morris! Scarecrows will be on display from October 1 through October 31. Visitors will vote online for their favorite scarecrow to determine the winners. The top three scarecrows win a cash prize—top prize is $250!

Pickup Dates for Supplies: Supplies can be picked up Saturday, September 16 through Sunday, September 24. Pickup of the scarecrow frame, straw, burlap and twine occurs at the Morris entrance kiosk during public hours.

Scarecrow Drop-Off Date at the Morris: Scarecrows can be dropped off September 26-27 from 4:30–7:00 PM at the Bloomfield Farm, directly across from the entrance to the Morris.

 Scarecrow frames generously provided by Tague Lumber.