Scarecrow Contest

at the Fall Garden Festival in the Botanical Garden

The New Orleans Botanical Garden invites individuals, families, businesses, civic organizations, and schools to create-a-one of a kind scarecrow.

Everyone can participate!

The scarecrow trail kicks off during our Fall Garden Festival, October 7th and 8th, 2017.

This event is free to participate in and the frame to make the scarecrow is free, too!

Your creation should fall into one of these three categories: traditional, funny, or scary. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded in the three categories and a Best of Show for the overall competition. There is a $100.00 CASH prize for “Best of Show” adult category and “Best of Show” for school category. All scarecrows should be appropriate for family viewing.

The scarecrows will be on display from October 7th through October 20th. They will be judged on October 7th during the Fall Garden Festival

Free scarecrow frames may be picked up from the gift shop in the Oscar Tolmas Visitor Center (5 Victory) any day of the week from 10am to 4:30pm. Scarecrow placement is October 5th between 9am to 4pm or October 6th between 9am to 12pm.

Contact Lindsay with questions at (504)483-9473 or email

There is no cost to participate or for the scarecrow frame.

Download registration and contest rules from the links at the bottom of this page.


Overall :  "The Day the Crayons Quit"  Ecole Classique
1st Traditional: "Van Crow". Mount Carmel Academy
2nd Traditional: "Little Boy Blue" Hazel Park-Hilda Knoff School
3rd Traditional: "Starry Mike" St. Edward the Confessor
1st Scary: "The Viking" St. Phillip Neri
2nd Scary "Scare or Overwatch" Archbishop Rummel High School Art Club
3rd Scary: " The Scream" Ursuline Academy
1st Original "Leonardeo Da Minon" East Jefferson High School
2nd Original: " Second Line Shamrock" Good Shepherd School
3rd Original: "Benjamin Bear Crow" Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

Overall : "Mother Nature". Christine Armstrong
1st Traditional:" Queen Bea" Terrytown Garden Club
2nd Traditional: "Just Hanging With My Peeps" Lakeview Botany Guild
3rd Traditional: " Henrietta Harahan" Colonial Garden Club
1st Scary: "Garden Ghost" Green Thumb Garden Club
2nd Scary: "The Clown" Lake Forest Garden Club
3rd Scary : "Captain Jack" Acres of Green Garden Club
1st Original: " How the Grinch Stole Halloween" River Ridge Garden Club
2nd Original: "Doing the Lambeth Walk" Lambeth Retirement House
3rd Original: "The Swamp Mermaid" Jessica Ward, House of Shock

Overall Winner:"Elsa" Amber Sbisa
1st Traditional: "Sally" Alina Garcia
2nd Traditional: "Maddy" Lilah Matthews
3rd Traditional: " Daisy Marlee" Marlee K. , Daisy Troop
1st Scary: "The Fire Witch" Kara Frierson , Hazel Park School
2nd Scary: " Sprakly Grande" Melissa Brown, Hazel Park School
3rd Scary: "Katie Frog Legs" Jane Riley, Daisy Troop
1st Original: "Nickie Minja" Madison Ferrier, Hazel Park School
2nd Original : " Corney Crow" Jaleah Smith, Hazel Park School
3rd Original: "Professor Juice" Joshua Garcia


Click for registration form

Rules and Info



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