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.

The New Orleans Botanical Garden invites individuals, families, businesses, civic organizations, and schools to create a one-of-a-kind scarecrow for the Scarecrow Trail.  The Scarecrow Trail kicks off during the Fall Garden Festival, October 7th and 8th, 2017.

The unique creation should fall into one of three categories: traditional, funny, or scary. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded in each category. Best of Show will be awarded for the overall competition. There is a $100.00 cash prize for “Best of Show” in the general category and “Best of Show” in the school category. Scarecrows should be appropriate for family viewing.

The scarecrows will be on display from October 7th through October 20th in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. The scarecrows will be judged on October 7th during the Fall Garden Festival
Set up will be October 5th from 9am to 4pm and October 6th 9am to 12pm.

Get the rules and registration forms at the bottom of this page. 

For more information contact:

Please send registration form to:
New Orleans Botanical Garden
1 Palm Drive
New Orleans, Louisiana 70124

fax: 504-483-9485

e-mail to

For details please contact Lindsay at (504)483-9473 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

2017 Information and Rules

2017 Registration Form