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!

Scarecrows must be entered at the registration booth between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 17.  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.

“Dive Into Fall” Theme
The City of Akron has donate a 2018 family season pass to the Akron City Pool. It will be awarded to the scarecrow that best fits the “Dive Into Fall” festival theme.

People’s Choice Award
Festival goers can vote for their favorite scarecrow!  Votes will be accepted at the information booth between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. (one vote per person, please!).

Chamber Choice Award for Akron Hometown Spirit
The Akron Chamber of Commerce will provide Chamber Bucks to the scarecrows in the Adult and combined pre-school through 12th grade categories to the scarecrow that best shows pride in our hometown!

School Spirit Award
The Akron-Westfield Athletic Booster Club will provide a $25 credit toward Westerner apparel for the scarecrow that shows the best A-W Westerner school spirit.

Thanks to the support of Peoples Bank, Pizza Ranch and Chub’s Country Store, there will be small prizes awarded to EVERY entry in the youth (preschool – 5th grade) and intermediate (6th grade – 12th grade) divisions.  NOTE: there will be some limits for entries that have multiple individuals or large groups/clubs involved.