Great Akron Scarecrow Festival

Thanks for everyone’s patience as we work through details for the 2020 Scarecrow Festival on Sept. 19.

Register scarecrows from 10am-12pm next to Akron Public Library.

Club members will host a bake sale and viewing of online auction items from 10am to 2pm next to the library.

Scarecrow winners will be announced online.
Scarecrows and a number of craft and baked good items will be auctioned online on our Facebook page.

Scarecrows will remain on display through Monday, Sept. 21, to allow plenty of time for socially-distant viewing!

There will be no outside vendors, petting zoo, or kids’ carnival games this year. We are disappointed, too, but look forward to everyone being back in the City Park in 2021!


The Great Akron Scarecrow Festival annual scarecrow contest and display will still be held on Saturday, September 19.  We’re moving to downtown Akron!!  The contest categories and awards will be the same as past years, with scarecrow check-in and registration from 10am to 12pm on Reed Street.  Click here for contest information.

Scarecrow judging will be held that afternoon, with winners announced online. 

Scarecrows will stay on display in downtown Akron through 6pm on Monday, September 21, to allow plenty of time for socially-distant viewing.


For 20 years, the Great Akron Scarecrow Festival has been a tradition in the Akron community.  We have been planning, then adjusting and re-adjusting those plans for months in order to host a safe and family-friendly festival in the Akron City Park on Saturday, September 19.  However, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, members of Friendship & Service Club have decided to change the format of the 2020 festival.  There will not be an in-person event at the Akron City Park this year.

This was not a decision we made lightly.  Not only is the festival a popular event for our community and a tradition for area families, it also raises funds to support many community and school activities. Our first priority, however, is the health and safety of the more than 80 volunteers, dozens of vendors, hundreds of attendees, and our broader community.    

But, even a pandemic can’t stop the Scarecrow Festival completely!! After all, it is our 20th ANNUAL Great Akron Scarecrow Festival.  We will still have a scarecrow decorating contest and display, and are working on ways to continue several other parts of the festival in different locations or online.  Thanks in advance for your patience and support as we work through the details over the next several days.  Please keep watching our Facebook page and website ( for announcements as plans are finalized. 

Most importantly, keep working on your scarecrows – your creativity and community spirit is more important than ever this year!  We look forward to seeing those scarecrows and awarding cash prizes to winning entries.

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