Scarecrow contest

Scarecrow Contest

Morris Arboretum

Unleash your creativity in the Morris Arboretum’s 6th Annual Scarecrow Design Contest. This year, in addition to “Fall Favorites” scarecrows, participants can create a scarecrow for the theme: “What do I want to be when I grow up?”

The registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 19. Entries are $30 each. Applications are available at Entrants will receive an email confirming their entry.

Contestants can pick up their scarecrow frame, hay, burlap, and twine at a truck parked at the Arboretum’s entrance kiosk on Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22. Contestants must bring a printout of their email confirmation.

Scarecrows can be dropped off at the Arboretum on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

All scarecrows will be on display on the Scarecrow Walk at the Arboretum from Saturday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 20. The scarecrows will be exhibited outdoors, so design materials must be as weatherproof as possible. In addition, scarecrows must be family-friendly or they will not be accepted for display.

First prize is $100 cash; second prize is a $25 gift certificate for The Shop at Morris Arboretum; third prize is a $30 gift certificate toward one Continuing Education class at the Arboretum. Prizes will be awarded in each category.

Space is limited to 30 scarecrows. Contestants will be accepted on a first-in basis, by application. All scarecrows will be returned to their creators on Oct. 20 and 21.

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Originally published on September 12, 2013