Scarecrow Trail

Create a one-of-a-kind scarecrow for the Fall Garden Festival Scarecrow Contest!

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 6th and 7th, 2018.

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. 

Set up will be October 3rd from 5-8 pm, October 4th from 9am to 4pm and October 5th 9am to 12pm.
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For details please contact Lindsay at (504)483-9473 
Download the registration form and rules for participating.

2018 Registration Form

2018 Information and Rules