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Scarecrow Competition Rules and Guidance 

Everyone is welcome to enter the scarecrow competition! Scarecrow must be displayed within Cheshire. To participate, entrants must pay a $25 entrance fee and preregister at www.cheshirect.org/parkrec by Wednesday, September 28, 2022. Contest organizers are not responsible for any damage done to property or scarecrows.

Scarecrow Rules 

• All scarecrows should be constructed by the entrant. 

• Use originality and creativity to impress the judges! 

• Minimize premade materials. 

• Youth entries should be made 70% by the youth themselves. 

• Scarecrows must be in good taste and not offensive to any group or they may be disqualified. 

• Email a photo of your scarecrow to recreation@cheshirect.org by Wednesday, October 5 to be judged and included in the slideshow. Include your name, your scarecrow’s name, and the scarecrow’s location in the email. 


Public Space Rules 

• Scarecrows in assigned spots can be installed beginning on Saturday, October 1 at 9:00 am. All scarecrows must be on display by 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4. 

• Use haybales, stands or tent spikes/stakes to support your scarecrow. No holes in ground or spikes/stakes longer than 8 inches are permitted for public installation spots. 

• We will email you the location of your assignment on Friday, September 30. 

• You must remove scarecrows in public locations by 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 30. 

• Keep the footprint of the scarecrow to a maximum width of 6’ and maximum height of 10’. 


General Information 

• Organizers will produce a slideshow of all official entrants. Contestants must email a photo, filling the frame with the scarecrow to recreation@cheshirect.org. Include the location of your scarecrow in the body of your email. 

• An online map will be available for those who like to explore the town searching for scarecrows. 

• When registering, indicate where you plan to display your scarecrow. If it’s in a public space, you will be assigned a spot and emailed your location on Friday, September 30. 

• Links to the scarecrow registration, guidelines, slide show, and map can be found on the Cheshire Public Library, Artsplace, Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, and Cheshire Parks and Recreation websites. 

• The Scarecrow Slide Show will be created from the emailed photos and complied by the Cheshire Public Library. Links to the slide show can be found on the mentioned sites. 

• Feel free to include your business, family, or organization’s name. 

• Winners will be invited to a brief Award Ceremony on Sunday, November 6 at 4:00 p.m. behind Town Hall. (Rain date Sunday, November 13)