Calling All Scarecrows for Morris Arboretum’s 11th Annual Scarecrow Design Contest

caption: Mo'ne Scare Throw

It’s time to start thinking scarecrows and Morris Arboretum’s Annual Scarecrow Design Contest! Use your ingenuity to create a scarecrow for this year’s theme: A Moment in Time, a significant occasion in the designer’s life that they associate with a single, public figure. These scarecrows may be a sports or film star, an artist or musician, a book character, chef or politician. 

Sign-up by Wednesday, September 26 to ensure your place in the contest. Entry fee is $25 for members and $30 for non-members with a $5 discount for those who reuse their wood frame from a past year. Straw, burlap, twine and frames for those who need them are all provided. Details and online registration are available at

These scarecrows will be on display along Scarecrow Walk at the Oak Allée for more than four weeks, from Saturday, October 6 through Tuesday October 31. Now in its eleventh year and more popular than ever, Scarecrow Walk is a must see for the fall season. Visitors of all ages may vote for their favorite scarecrow to determine which will be the winners. Prizes will be awarded to the top five winning Scarecrow designers with $150 for the first-place winner.