Scarecrow at Powell Gardens



Congratulations to the 2015 Scarecrow Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2015 Scarecrow Contest and to all who voted for a favorite! Here are the top three winners based on visitors' votes: 

  • First Place: 'Chief Black Bird's Harvest Blessings' by Vicki Gordon, Park and Zoo Butterfly Garden, Independence, Kansas, Garden Club (prize: one-year Family Gold membership at Powell Gardens and a $75 gift card to the Gardens) 
  • Second Place: 'Cornderella' by Carol Cox and Terri Covington (prize: one-year Family membership at Powell Gardens and a $50 gift card to the Gardens) 
  • Third Place: 'Guss Nature's Nightmare' by the Brizendine Family (prize: one-year Family membership at Powell Gardens and a $25 gift card to the Gardens) 

Interested in building a scarecrow? You can find lots of scarecrow building ideas online. Key considerations are durability and creativity. Kim Stone, who has created many award-winning scarecrows, shows how to build a sturdy scarecrow here.  






Guidelines & Entry Rules

Big Pumpkin scarecrow by Joyce Bright

  • Entry deadline: Submit online form by 5 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2015; deliver entry by 5 p.m. Sunday, September 27.
  • No entry fee is required. Anyone may enter; multiple entries are allowed.
  • All entries remain on display through October 31. (They may be picked up from November 3-8.) 
  • 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 future publicity.
  • Scarecrows must be “survivors” that can withstand the elements and last until November 1. Do not include perishable materials.
  • All bases must be capable of supporting the scarecrow in a freestanding/staked or seated manner. 


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 »


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