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Trail of Scarecrows Display Dates

October 1 - October 30

Back by popular demand! This annual competition is for groups in kindergarten through 5th grade.

How It Works

Children choose a book based on the year’s theme. As a class/group/family, they build a scarecrow and write an essay based on the chosen story or its characters. Scarecrows are then displayed outdoors at the arboretum throughout the month of October. Guests will vote on their favorite scarecrow via social media and the top three winners will receive a prize.

2021 Theme

Everyday Heroes

Display Dates

Scarecrows will be displayed from Friday, October 1 through Saturday, October 30. Virtual Award Ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 30. Details about this ceremony will be emailed to the email listed on the registration form in October.


To request a disability-related accommodation for this event, please contact the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at edi@pnw.edu or (219) 785-5545 five days prior to the event.


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October 30
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