Scarecrow Contest & Workshop


Join in on the fun fall tradition of building scarecrows and lighthearted competition! Build a scarecrow from scratch using our provided materials or bring your homemade scarecrow to Carter Historic Farm to enter it in our 22nd Annual Scarecrow Contest to win cash prizes! Find full contest details at Contest scarecrows will be on display and judged live during the Heritage Farm Fest community event.

Congratulations to the 2023 Scarecrow Contest winners!

🥇 Forest Stump by Kimberly Bockbrader
🥈 Mrs. Santa Crows and the Abominable Crow Man by Valerie Giovannuci
🥉 Fabulous Frank by the Skeleton Crew
16 & Under winner: Grandma Pumpkin by Gracie Zeigler

Prize sponsors:

1st Place $150 Sponsored by Friends of the Wood County Park District

2nd Place $100 sponsored by UIS Insurance

3rd Place $50 sponsored by Kathren’s Insurance

16 & Under Contest – $25 sponsored by Friends of the Wood County Park District

People’s Choice Award – $25 sponsored by InTech Solutions (voting on Facebook.)


2023 Official Rules & Regulations

• All entries must fit in a 4×4 foot square space and be no more than 7 feet in height.

• All entries must be named. The name of the scarecrow’s builder will be displayed after judging. Do not

attach the name of the builder to the scarecrow. We will provide a stake with the scarecrow’s name.

• Scarecrows must be free standing or have a vertical support in the body so it can be wired to a post.

• All ornamentation must be firmly attached because all entries will be displayed outside.

• Rubber, plastic, or store-bought masks are not permitted.

• No sharp objects such as real pitchforks, knives or hooks, and flammable objects such as torches or

gas-powered generators are allowed and will be viewed as grounds for disqualification.

• Human, live animal, or mechanical scarecrows are not permitted.

• Scarecrows must be created in good taste and shall not reflect any social, political,

religious, or controversial themes.

• Scarecrows should be made with a family-oriented theme in mind; no overly scary entries permitted.

• All ornamentation must be firmly attached because all entries will be displayed outside.

• The Wood County Park District has the right to refuse any contest entry and to promote any entry.

• Employees and family of the Wood County Park District are ineligible to win.

• Offenses to Contest Rules will result in point deduction towards final score.

Deadline to enter workshop: Monday, October 2, 2023


Please supply reliable contact information to receive reminders and additional Workshop & Contest details.

Scarecrow Delivery & Set-up: Scarecrow Workshop, Thursday, October 5, 2023; 4:30 – 7:30 pm at Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402. Builders may construct their scarecrows on site using personal or limited parks-supplied materials at the Scarecrow Workshop. Contestants may also build their scarecrows at home and bring them to set-up during the workshop. If you plan to donate scarecrow materials, please ensure they’re of quality and clean, then use a local charity organization.

Register for the Contest:  Register your scarecrow for the Contest at the Scarecrow Workshop to be eligible for prizes. Entering the contest is optional after completing your scarecrow setup.

Display: Entries will be on display October 6 – October 19, 2023 at Carter Historic Farm.

Announcements: Winners will be announced at the Heritage Farm Fest on Saturday, October 7  and through social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) by 12:00 pm on Sunday October 8.

Pick-up & Removal: Retrieve your scarecrow between Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 22 by the end of day, or they become property of the Wood County Park District. If you plan to donate scarecrow materials, please ensure they’re of wearable quality and clean, then donate to a local charity organization.

Register: Online registration only. Visit for the link, or scan the registration  QR code. By registering, you verify that you have read and agree to the Wood County Park District’s

Scarecrow Contest & Workshop Rules & Regulations. Please provide correct contact information.

1st place prize: $150 sponsored by The Friends of the Wood County Park District

2nd place prize: $100 sponsored by UIS Insurance & Investments

3rd place prize: $50 sponsored by Kathren’s Insurance Agency

16 & Under Contest Winner: $50 sponsored by The Friends of the Wood County Park District

Online people’s Choice: $25 sponsored by InTech IT Solutions


Find a printable flyer here.