California Scarecrow Festivals, Contests


California Scarecrow Festivals & Events

Scarecrows have long been used to to scare away the crows and birds in fields where valuable crops grow. Though not as prevalent today as the shiny pieces of film that look like tin foil flapping in the breeze, you'll still see a lively scarecrow from time to time and you'll see some pretty amazing ones around Halloween. Greetings to scarecrow lovers everywhere! There are many scarecrow events and festivals in California, primarily in the month of October. Here are a few we have uncovered.

AUBURN: Auburn Community Festival Scarecrow Contest October 19, 2019, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Scarecrow Check-in
Recreation Park
123 Recreation Dr
Auburn California
Registration: $10 scarecrow entry @
Pumpkin weighing, Scarecrow Contest judging, Costume Contest and  Costume Parade

BENICIA: Frightfully First Street Annual Scarecrow Contest October 1-31, 2019
Scarecrows are on display starting throughout the month of October. Businesses on First Street and throughout Benicia will show off imaginatively created scarecrows.

BRENTWOOD: Scarecrows in the Park Contest
Scarecrows go on display October 14-November 1, 2019
Brentwood City Park
710 2nd Street
Brentwood, CA
Registration through parks & recreation to build a scarecrow is approx. $16. Registration available at Brentwood Community Center |
Public is invited to build a scarecrow and enter it into the city contest. Judging takes place in October and the scarecrows are on view in Brentwood City Park.

CAMBRIACambria Scarecrow Festival October 1-31, 2019
Free public display throughout October.
Close to 500 unique creations are expected to line the main streets of these two towns, including a variety of traditional, animated and unique scarecrows. 

COSTA MESA: Scarecrow Festival October 19-20, 2019

ELK GROVE: Giant Pumpkin Festival October 5-6, 2019, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Elk Grove Regional Park
9950 Elk Grove- Florin Rd
Elk Grove, CA 95624
Free, $10  parking,
Scarecrow Contest application due early, see
People's Choice
Best Theme Scarecrow
A cash award will be presented to the entry which most accurately captures the spirit of this year's theme.

EXETER: Scarecrow Contest and Displays October 1-31, 2019
Annual Exeter Scarecrow Contest presented by The Exeter Chamber of Commerce theme is "Something to Crow About"
For the entire month of October Family, Friendly, Fall Fun scarecrows line the charming streets of Exeter. Created by Exeter businesses, organizations, youth groups, families & individuals, these scarecrows are the  main attraction downtown.

FALLBROOK Scarecrow Days October 1-31, 2019, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fallbrook Fall Faire
Main Ave. & Alvarado
Scarecrow Contest
You will be able to Vote for your favorite Scarecrow!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Wow Factor
Artistic Merit
Mechanical / Technical Merit
Funniest / Humor
Promoting Business
Pop Culture
Kids - individual, family, or group

LATHROP: Scarecrow Contest Display at Pumpkin Maze, Dell'Osso Family Farm, September 21-October 31, 2019
Dell'Osso Family Farm Scarecrow Contest theme: "Super Heroes"
26 Stewart Road
Lathrop, CA 95330 scarecrow-contest/
Dell'Osso Family Farm Attraction with Pumpkin Patch, Mazes, Rides, Pumpkin Blaster and Scarecrow Ride.

RIPON: Scarecrow Fest October 1-31, 2019
The Chamber invites businesses, school programs, and families to build and decorate scarecrows to be displayed outside  businesses during the month of October. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize awarded. Ripon Chamber of Commerce located at 104 S. Stockton Ave., or online at

SIERRA MADRE: Scarecrows on Display September 21-October 2019
Kick off Party October 4, 2019, 7 p.m.
October 1-15, 2019 Voting
October 19, 2019 Awards Presentation
Starting in September, the strangest, quirkiest, scare-crowiest scarecrows ever to be seen will be on display throughout Sierra Madre. A contest open to Sierra Madre residents and businesses allows the public to visit and see these amazing, creative productions.

UKIAH: Scarecrow City at Ukiah Pumpkin Festival October 19-20, 2019
Ukiah Valley Conference Center
200 S. School Street
Ukiah, CA
Free to see,
Local students (age 18 years and younger) create scarecrows which they display for two days during Ukiah Country PumpkinFest. Every year Savings Bank pairs local merchants and classrooms together to compete. Scarecrow City is on display during PumpkinFest, with prizes awarded for best designs and dressed scarecrows. The public is invited to check out these creative works of art.

WINDSOR: Harvest Pumpkin Jamboree Scarecrow Building October 27, 2019
Free admission,
The Windsor Pumpkin Festival takes place every year on the Windsor Town Green. This is very much a family oriented affair as there are many things for young children to do. The day starts off with a parade marching through the Town Green and into the market. From there the festival goes into full force with face painting, pumpkin painting, scarecrow building, biggest pumpkin contest, pumpkin bowling, and of course the awesome Pumpkin Car Races! 

DIXON: Cool Pumpkin Patch Scarecrow Contest September 21-October 31, 2019
Cool Patch Pumpkin Patch
6150 Dixon Avenue West
Dixon, California
Scare Crow Contest this year was partnered with Kristina Wiley DDS to support local first responders + their service to our community! As you walk through the plaza, you can see our Scarecrow Fields courtesy of local businesses.

VALLEY CENTER: Scarecrow Contest October 12, 2019
Judging 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Results 1 p.m.
Bates Nut Farm
15954 Woods Valley Rd.
Valley Center, CA
$5 parking, free admission, (760) 749-3333
Bring your scarecrow and completed registration form to the pumpkin patch Friday or before 10 am on Saturday
Join in the fun by designing and building a scarecrow to exhibit in the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch. Keep the lost art of scarecrow making alive! Your scarecrow will be on display in the Pumpkin Patch thru October 31. Individuals, groups and clubs are invited to enter; each entry will receive a free jack-o-lantern pumpkin and certificate of participation. All winning scarecrows become the property of Bates Nut Farm and will be added to its famous scarecrow collection.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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