REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEP 30!
KEY DATES & DETAILS
Festival Dates: October 15th – October 31st, 2021
Scarecrow Exhibit Location: The Children’s Garden at Lakes Park
Registration and Scarecrow Name Due: September 30, 2021
Installation: Thursday October 14th, 4-7 pm and Friday, October 15th, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm. LPEF representatives will provide direction and assistance on installation days only. WEEKEND DROP- OFF IS NOT PERMITTED!
VIP Judging – Friday, October 15th, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Removal of Display: Sunday, October 31 after 3 pm or Monday, Nov. 1, 7 am – 1 pm.
ALL ITEMS MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE PARK – PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Pick-up & Drop-off Location: Parking lot adjacent to the Children’s Garden.
“SCARECROWS IN THE PARK” CONTEST GUIDELINES AND RULES
Open to everyone! Businesses, community groups, scout/youth groups and individuals are all welcome to participate.
All entries to consist of a single scarecrow figure attached firmly to a pole or post, dressed as a “Favorite Book Character”. Your entry must be brought to the park fully assembled – there will be no on-site assembly.
Scarecrows must be in good taste and constructed to withstand nearly 3 weeks of weather. It is MANDATORY that all scarecrows and props are secured by stakes and wire. Builders must periodically check their display throughout the duration of the festival.
All entries will receive a 3’ wide x 3’ deep space. Signage identifying your organization and the name of your display/scarecrow will be provided. For youth groups, both the name of the sponsor and the youth group will be recognized.
NO ELECTRICITY IS AVAILABLE, and no tiki torches or gas-powered generators are allowed. Use of elements (sun/wind) can be implemented. NO LIVE PLANTS, FRESH PUMPKINS OR MULCH IN DISPLAY.
NO HANDOUTS OF ANY KIND at the scarecrow display or in person.
Celebrity judges select their favorite displays opening night in a “secret shopper” style. Ribbons will be placed on winning entries and displayed throughout the event.
People’s Choice Awards are determined by attendee votes throughout the event and will be identified on www.lakespark.org and in media releases.
LPEF and Lee County Parks & Recreation are not responsible for loss or damage to the scarecrows during the festival or in the drop-off and pick-up area.
Entrants give LPEF the right to use photographs, scarecrows and contact names in publicity and on their website: www.LakesPark.org.
Special Rate parking for the convenience of attendees facilitated by Sunrise Rotary on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. Regular meter parking required Monday through Thursday.
Download this form and email to info@LakesPark.org or print and mail to LPEF – Scarecrows in the Park * PO Box 61076 * Fort Myers, FL 33906.
Registration Deadline: September 30, 2021