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Scarecrows in the Gardens

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is calling for entries in the 2021 Scarecrow Contest! This wonderful event is an opportunity for arts organizations, high schools, businesses and clubs to show their creativity and build a one-of-a-kind scarecrow. Registration is open to everyone.

The scarecrows will be on display in the Gardens from October 11 to October 31, 2021. There will be two prizes: a People’s Choice Award, to be determined by votes from our guests, and a Best in Show award, which will be selected by our judges. Entries will be judged on originality and theme.

This is a great opportunity to publicize your organization or special event during one of Bellingrath’s most beautiful and busiest seasons, including Boo at Bellingrath on Saturday, October 23!

Entry fees are $15 for nonprofits, civic groups, school groups and Scout troops; $20 for individuals or families; and $25 for businesses.

Additional details

  • Signage will be provided for you to list your name and your scarecrow’s title.
  • Your scarecrow will be outdoors, so please keep this in mind when designing your entry. Attach everything firmly and avoid using materials that may easily be ruined from wind or rain.
  • The Gardens will provide a T-post for mounting the scarecrow, but the actual mounting is your responsibility.
  • Bellingrath staff members will install the scarecrow in the ground, so please provide us with the dimensions as soon as possible.
  • Your scarecrow will be viewed by all ages, so please keep your design family-friendly. Bellingrath Gardens and Home reserves the right to refuse or remove scarecrows not suitable for public display.
  • Political and religious messaging is not allowed.

Important dates

Registration due: Friday, September 3
Scarecrow installation: Friday-Sunday, October 8-10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Display dates: October 11-31.
Scarecrow pickup: November 1-5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration and payment

Entry fees are $15 for nonprofits, civic groups, school groups and Scout troops; $20 for individuals or families; and $25 for businesses.
To register, please fill out the registration form online by clicking on the link here.

If you prefer, you may download and print out a form by clicking here.

To make your registration payment, please click on the registration button below, or you may mail your check made out to Bellingrath Gardens and Home to:

Jennifer Batchelder
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road
Theodore, AL 36582

To make your registration payment online, please click on the button below.