Scarecrows in the Gardens

We are looking for a few good scarecrows!

We invite you to create a one-of-a kind scarecrow to display in Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. Anyone can enter! Adult/Business/Non-Profit winners receive memberships to Friends of Maclay Gardens.

Youth and People’s Choice winners receive cash prizes. Each entry will receive 1 ticket to Moon Over Maclay Jazz Concert.

An option for businesses again this year is to have the scarecrow figures provided by the Friends of Maclay and for the business to only provide the clothing for the Scarecrow to wear, and any added accessories the business wants to provide. What a great way for your organization to participate!


Entry Fees

  • Adult/Business – $25
  • Business with Scarecrow base provided by FOMG – $50
  • Nonprofit – $15
  • Youth (K-12) – $10



  • 1st place – 6 Friends of Maclay Gardens 2020 annual memberships.
  • 2nd place – 4 Friends of Maclay Gardens 2020 annual memberships.
  • 3rd place – 2 Friends of Maclay Gardens 2020 annual memberships.


  • 1st place– $50.00 and 1 2020 Friends of Maclay Gardens 2020 annual memberships.
  • 2nd place– $25.00 and 1Friends of Maclay Gardens 2020 annual memberships.
  • 3rd place– $10.00 and 1 Friends of Maclay Gardens 2020 annual membership.

The winners of the Adult/Business/Non-Profit and Youth categories will be posted at the Visitor Center in Maclay Gardens State Park on October 6th.

People’s Choice
The People’s Choice award is $75.00. Park visitors have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice scarecrow from October 5th through November 3rd, 2019. The People’s Choice award will be announced the week following November 4th.


  • Scarecrows must be in good taste and not reflect controversial, social, or political situations
  • Scarecrows must be constructed to withstand a variety of weather conditions.
  • The Gardens reserves the right to refuse any scarecrow entry, or remove any that may deteriorate or become unsightly.
  • No handouts, promotional materials, or free giveaways can be associated with any entry.
  • No live plants or mulch may be used in any displays.
  • Scarecrows must be brought to the Gardens on the designated days in October between the hours of noon and 5:00 PM. Each entrant, except where scarecrow figure is provided, is responsible for the installation of their scarecrow(s).
  • The gardens will provide a metal mounting post (re-bar) and designate a location for each scarecrow, which should be assembled prior to delivery to the park.
  • Exhibits may not exceed 10′ X 10′ X 10′. The gardens will provide a standard sized sign to identify the entry. On the sign will be the name of the scarecrow entry and the name of the individual or group who created it.
  • Scarecrows will need to be picked up and removed from the Gardens by 5:00 PM November 3rd, 2019

If you have additional questions, call be (850) 487-4556 or email

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