Show your creativity and have some fall fun by decorating a scarecrow for the annual contest. We’re excited to have several new ways to win this year, with a total of more than $800 in prizes!

The 2018 Festival theme is “Harvest the Fun!”

Scarecrows must be entered at the registration booth between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 15.  No advance registration is required.  View full contest rules and scarecrow specifications here.img_5076

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

All scarecrows will be auctioned off at 2:00 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

6th through 12th Grade


$50 for 1st

$80 for 1st

$150 for 1st

$40 for 2nd

$60 for 2nd

$100 for 2nd

$30 for 3rd

$40 for 3rd

$80 for 3rd

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

Harvest the Fun Award
The scarecrow that best fits the “Harvest the Fun” theme prize will be awarded a gift basket worth at least $100 in cash, gift certificates and prizes donated by Plymouth County Cattlemen, Plymouth County Pork Producers, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers and Central Valley Ag.

Hometown Spirit Award
The Akron Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an award for the scarecrows that best demonstrate small town and community spirit.  Two $25 Akron Chamber Bucks prizes will be awarded – one in Adult division and one in combined Youth/Intermediate divisions.

School Spirit Award
The Akron-Westfield Athletic Boosters are sponsoring the award for the scarecrow that best demonstrates school spirit.  The winner will receive an Akron-Westfield stadium blanket and hat.

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 in Akron Chamber Bucks.