2012 Scarecrow Trail
We are looking for a few good scarecrows to showcase at the Fall Garden Festival at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park
WE ARE EARLY THIS YEAR! THE FALL FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD SEPTEMBER 29th and 30th
We invite you to create a one-of-a-kind scarecrow for the competition. Individuals, families, businesses, civic organizations and schools are all encouraged to participate. Scarecrows are such a family-friendly activity and have been part of the American expression of the Fall season. We encourage all to participate by creating and entering a scarecrow or just coming to see and enjoy them. Your creation can be traditional, funny, scary, original or miniature (for individual children up to 15 years of age). Please remember these are for family viewing. We can hardly wait to see what you create! The scarecrows will be on display in the Garden from September 29th through October 14th. They will be judged on Saturday, September 30th at the Fall Garden Festival.
Information and Rules
- Scarecrows must be freestanding, supported by a prop or built around a frame. A six foot tall scarecrow frame (free of charge) is available at the Garden Gift Shop. You can pick it up Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please include a waterproof sign no larger than 8 1/2 x11” indicating the name of the exhibitor and the name of the scarecrow.
- Children’s miniature scarecrows will be displayed in the Train Garden. These three dimensional figures should be between 8” and 12” high. No plastic dolls allowed. Please provide a waterproof sign no larger than 6”x 6” indicating the name of the scarecrow and the name and age of the exhibitor.
- Scarecrows may be set up on Thursday September 27th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Friday September 28th from 9 a.m. to noon. Your scarecrow may be picked up Monday, October 15th from 9 am to 4 pm or Tuesday, October 16th from 9 am to 4 pm. All scarecrows must be removed from the Garden by Friday, November 2nd.
- Scarecrows must be in good taste. Those that reflect controversial social or political situations will not be accepted.
- Judging will take place Saturday, September 29th.
- Scarecrows must be made to withstand weather conditions
- No perishable goods (squash, pumpkins, etc.) may be used in the construction of your scarecrow.
- Stuffing can be anything, but newspaper and water soluble peanuts will not work. Plastic bags hold up best.
- Facial expression is the first thing a viewer will notice. The face can be sad, cheerful, beautiful, ugly or angry. It could be a famous person or cartoon character.
- Hair can be made from a variety of materials including yarn, pipe cleaners, shredded plastic, beads, moss, rope, raffia, mop head or torn fabric
- Accessories make the difference! Add hats, gloves, shoes, scarf, props etc.
- Some suggestions for the head are old milk jugs, flower pots, gourds, wood, basketball, plastic pumpkin, pillowcase or burlap
Scarecrow Trail Photos