Scarecrow Contest

Contest Details

How to Enter

Entries for the 2024 Contest can be done by filling out the form below. 

Entry Fee

This event is FREE to all community members! Registration is required to be able to place a scarecrow downtown

Event Sponsor

Dalton Land and Cattle Co., Brian and Carol Dalton


Participants have the ability to win cash prizes in each of the following categories, winners will be determined by votes from the public: 

  • Grand Champion (Best of the Best)
  • Most Creative
  • Funniest
  • Most Elaborate Decorations
  • Most Likely to Scare Crows (So bad, it's good!)

Contest Rules

  • Scarecrows can be made of any materials you choose, but will be exposed to the elements (rain, wind, etc).
  • Displays cannot damage the pole, sidewalk, or surrounding space in any way.
  • Scarecrows may not include adult, political, violent, socially insensitive, or excessively gory themes. Any display the Committee finds to be inappropriate must be fittingly altered or taken down immediately.
  • The DDA Promotions Committee will make be the final decision-maker in any questions regarding the rules of this contest.
  • Each display can extend out five feet on either side of the pole parallel to the curb, and up to three feet out from the pole on the sidewalk. Displays must not block good passage of pedestrian traffic.


Locations for the entries are staged around downtown and are managed by the Promotion Committee. Priority will be given to businesses to place their entry in front of their establishment to the extent possible. If you have a preference as to location, please state that in your “Theme Description”, and we will try to honor that if feasible. In any case, we will email you with your display location as soon as it is known but before October 5th. 

Disclosure: Participants of the contest are solely responsible for setting up, removal of display, and any items to complete their display. The Dallas Downtown Association is not responsible for loss or damage of any displays. Entry in the Dallas Downtown Association Scarecrow Contest constitutes an agreement with the terms specified above.

Entry Form

The 2023 Scarecrow Contest is the best ever with incredible creativity and a ton of fun! To see the full images click on a thumbnail below.