Scarecrow Trail

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

Create a one-of-a-kind scarecrow for the Fall Garden Festival Scarecrow Contest! Individuals, families, businesses, civic organizations and schools are all invited to participate in this annual competition. The scarecrows will be on display in the garden during October and will be judged on the Saturday of the Fall Garden Festival.

We want your scarecrows! Show off your scarecrow making skills at the 2016 Fall Garden Festival at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in New Orleans City Park on October 8th and 9th.

We invite everyone to create a one-of-a-kind scarecrow for this competition. Individuals, families, businesses, civic organizations, non-profits, schools – everyone’s got a chance to participate and win BIG!

Your creation should falls into one of 4categories:




Miniature (This category is for individual children up to 15 years of age. These scarecrows are judged separately from the large scarecrows.)

Please remember these creations should remain appropriate for family viewing.

Click on this link to get this year's information! 

For more information contact:
Mary Ellen at 504-723-7796 or

Botanical Garden at 504-483-9386 or

Click on the photo album to the bottom right to see some examples of scarecrows from years past.


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

2016 Information and Rules

2016 Registration Form