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Scarecrow Contest – Applications Accepted Now Thru September 23

Jul 22 | 10:30 am - Nov 20 | 5:00 pm

Come participate in our seasonal outdoor celebration by creating a Scarecrow to lurk about at Lichterman Nature Center. Frightening, friendly, silly and serious – we invite you, your neighborhood, non-profit group, club, classroom or troop to create something special for Lichterman visitors to enjoy! Being a part of this fun event is easy: we provide the framework for the scarecrow, and you provide the creativity.

$40 application fee for contest.   Displays are free with regular admission.

Scarecrow Contest and Displays run October 1 through November 20. Individuals, businesses, neighborhoods, non-profits, clubs, senior centers, classrooms, and scout troops are all invited to create something special for 10,000 visitors/year to enjoy. Scarecrows are displayed in trailside locations around the special event lawn, trails and lake.

Cash prizes are awarded for Best STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math), Greenest, Most Creative, Best Critter, and Most Popular.   Entries are eligible for all categories.

Important Dates:

August 10 – Scarecrow Frames ready for distribution at Visitor Center

September 17 – Scarecrow Building Seminar – 11 am.  Free with regular admission.

September 23 – Applications/Signage Forms due at Lichterman

September 30 – Scarecrow judging – Only scarecrows in place before Friday, September 30 will be eligible for judged contests.  Voting for “Most Popular” continues until 5 pm on October 30.

Set-up Days:

  • Saturday, September 24
  • Sunday, September 25
  • Wednesday, September 28
  • Thursday, September 29

October 1 – Scarecrows go on display to the public

November 20 – Scarecrows display ends



For more information, please call the Lichterman Nature Center at 901.636.2211.