Show your creativity and have some fall fun by decorating a scarecrow for the annual contest. There are more than $1,000 in cash prizes to win this year!

Teams of up to 5 people can also enter the TEAM CHALLENGE to build a scarecrow during the festival.  Learn more here.


Scarecrows must be entered at the registration booth between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 19.  No advance registration is required.  View full contest rules and scarecrow specifications here.

Judging will take place at 10:00 a.m., with winners announced at 12:00 p.m.

All scarecrows will be auctioned off at 2:30 p.m.  Entrants in the Preschool through 5th Grade category can choose to keep their scarecrows.  All others will be auctioned.

Age Category Winners
Three winners are chosen in each category with a total of $600 in cash prizes.

Preschool through 5th grade
– First place – $50
– Second place – $40
– Third place – $30

6th through 12th grade
– First place – $80
– Second place – $60
– Third place -$40

– First place – $150
– Second place – $100
– Third place – $80

Best of Show
A Best of Show winner is awarded to one entry from all categories, including Friendship & Service Club member entries.

People’s Choice Award
Festival goers can vote for their favorite scarecrow from 10am through 11:30am.  The scarecrow receiving the most votes will receive $25 cash.

Club Choice Award
Cash prizes of $25 will be awarded to scarecrows in 10 categories. If no scarecrow meets the criteria for a category, that prize will not be given. Categories include:

  • Most Creative – featuring the most unique or creative uses of materials to build a scarecrow
  • Best “Scare” Crow – the scariest entry we can find!
  • Best School Spirit – celebrating Akron-Westfield pride or your favorite college or university spirit
  • Best Community Spirit – showing pride in Akron
  • Nature’s Harvest – best use of natural materials
  • Best Use of Recycled Materials
  • Most Clever
  • Most Patriotic
  • Best Book Character
  • Best Movie or TV Character