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Tue, Oct 03



Scarecrows in the Garden

Join us for opening night of the NELA 5th Annual Scarecrow Competition on October 3rd and vote for your favorite display until October 7th. Opening Night: Tuesday, October 3 | 3-8 pm | $5 per person Displays will remain up in the garden for voting until October 7th

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Scarecrows in the Garden
Scarecrows in the Garden

Time & Location

Oct 03, 2023, 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Monroe, 2006 Riverside Dr, Monroe, LA 71201, USA


About the Event

A Special THANK YOU to our event sponsors

Join us for a spooky good time at the 5th Annual NELA Scarecrow Competition at the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens, October 3 – 7, 2023. The event features area non-profits creating imaginative and fun Halloween displays, celebrity judges, and games in the garden.

  • Opening Night - Tuesday, October 3rd | 3:00 – 8:00pm |$5 per person - Featuring Scarecrow displays, a variety of games in the garden, and opportunities for guests to win meals at local restaurants.

Master of Ceremonies: Sheila Snow (VP of Communications, Discover Monroe | West Monroe)

  • Celebrity Judges Award - The evening’s high point is the Celebrity Judges’ Award Ceremony at 7:30pm. Four area celebrities, to be announced later this summer, will vote on the best display. The winning organization will receive $500 for their Non-Profit. Second and third-place finishers receive plaques.
  • People's Choice Award - Beginning opening night, visitors can view and vote for their favorite Scarecrow. Each guest receives a ticket to vote for their favorite display; extra votes can be purchased for $5.00 each. Voting will continue through Saturday, October 7 at 5 pm. The winner will be announced Monday, October 9 at 10:00 am.

2023 Participants

Interested in Participating?

This competition is open to regional non-profits - we are accepting 30 entries on a first come, first serve basis.

Participation is free and winning organizations may take home a cash prize to serve your mission!

Display set up begins Monday, October 2 at 9 am.


Interested in Sponsoring?

Sponsor this event for $500 and have your company featured! Your support helps us with marketing, refreshments, trophies, supplies, and prizes!

  • Your logo on PSAs, which air on TV, radio, and social media
  • Your log on two large Sponsor signs posted during the event
  • 14 event tickets for Opening Night
  • Inclusion in the museum's two Support Walls for 12 months
  • Thank you shout-out during the Awards Ceremony

Please email Ralph Calhoun at if you are interested in sponsoring this event~


  • Opening Night (One Entry)

    This ticket includes entry for one person to Opening Night of the 5th Annual Scarecrows in Garden (Oct 3 | 5-8 pm)

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