It's time to stuff the Gardens with scarecrows for the eighth annual Scarecrows in the Gardens contest! The scarecrows will be displayed in the Heartland Harvest Garden throughout October, with winners selected by visitor votes.
The contest is a great project for families, schools, businesses, community groups, scouts and teams of all ages to put their creativity to work.
Teams or individuals can submit one or multiple entries as long as they meet the provided guidelines. You can find plenty of scarecrow building ideas online! Key considerations are durability and creativity.
Scarecrow entries due: 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 26. Scarecrows will be displayed in the Heartland Harvest Garden October 1-31, with grand opening festivities the weekend of October 6-7 during the Harvest Celebration & Antique Tractor/Engine Show. Participants will receive two festival passes ($24 value) for each entry submitted.
Drop off entries at the Visitor Education Center. Be sure to fill out the registration form at the Front Desk to receive your festival passes.
Download the Entry Form
Guidelines & Entry Rules
• No entry fee is required. Anyone may enter; multiple entries are allowed.
• All entries remain on display through Oct. 31.
• Scarecrows must be in good taste; Powell Gardens reserves the right to
remove any scarecrow that doesn’t meet this standard.
• Powell Gardens is not responsible for any loss or damage to the entries.
• Powell Gardens reserves the right to use photographs of all scarecrows for
• Scarecrows must be “survivors” that can withstand the elements and last
until Nov. 1. Do not include perishable materials.
• All bases must be capable of supporting the scarecrow in a freestanding/
staked or seated manner.
• All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, and must include
a completed entry form. Download form now.
We'd love to help. Email us at email@example.com or call 816-697-2600 x208 or x236.
Did you know? Our corps of dedicated volunteers helps carve all of the pumpkins for our annual display and contributes to our scarecrow exhibit. Learn More about Volunteering »