Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Scarecrow Design Contest

Enter the 7th Annual Scarecrow Contest!

This year's theme: Heroes & Villains

Which side will you take?

Unleash your creativity!

You are invited to participate in the seventh annual Scarecrow Design Contest! This year participants may create a scarecrow for the theme: Heroes and Villains.* All entries will be on display on the Scarecrow Walk at Morris Arboretum from Saturday, October 4th through Sunday, October 19th. Frame, hay, burlap and twine are provided, the rest is up to you! Space is limited to 30 Scarecrows. This popular contest fills quickly, get your entry in early!

Registration Deadline & Fees

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 18th
Scarecrow Delivery Date (delivered to Morris Arboretum):
Tuesday, September 30th and Wednesday, October 1st
Entry Fee: $30
Early-bird fee (before September 12): $25


1st Prize: $125 Cash
2nd Prize: $75 gift certificate for The Shop at Morris Arboretum
3rd Prize: $50 gift certificate for The Shop at Morris Arboretum
4th Prize: $35 gift certificate toward one Continuing Education class
5th Prize: $25 gift certificate toward one Continuing Education class

Register Online Now!

or Download the entry form

*No Duplicate Characters, please be aware your desired character may be chosen.

Straw MUST be the primary material used to construct your scarecrow. All scarecrows will be displayed outdoors for 17 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 October 19 and 20. 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.

See the Entries at the Scarecrow Walk! October 4 - 19, 2014

Come visit and vote for your favorite, voting begins on Fall Festival Weekend, October 4 & 5, 2014.

The votes have been tallied and the results are in!
The winners of the Morris Arboretum 2013 Scarecrow Contest are:

What I Want To Be When I Grow Up Category

  • 1st prize:
    Amelia ScareArt

  • 2nd prize:

  • 3rd prize:
    Doc Brown

Fall Favorites Category

  • 1st prize:
    Evil Minion

  • 2nd prize:
    Bad Hay’r Day

  • 3rd prize:
    Harry Harvest

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