Learn more about the Scarecrow Festival

Welcome to our 7th annual Scarecrow Festival.
A celebration of family friendly, handmade scarecrows exhibited throughout
Edmonds and south Snohomish county.


A public vote on this website will determine
the best scarecrows in six categories.

General Guidelines

  1. Scarecrow must be appropriate for family viewing.
  2. Must be hand made (not purchased, rented or borrowed).
  3. Please provide an address for your scarecrow so that visitors driving around Edmonds can see it. The viewing address for your scarecrow will appear on our Scarecrow Location Map. Please see our FAQ and/or Registration form to learn how to opt-out of being included on the map.
  4. Scarecrow Festival signs will be provided to the first 100 registered scarecrows.  The signs will be delivered within a few days of scarecrow registration.  “Winner” signs for top vote getters will be distributed when winners are announced on Monday, November 4th at the Edmonds Museum building.  Signs will be picked up during the week of November 14th, or may be returned to the Museum at any time.  Please see FAQ section for information on how to opt out of signs.
  5. Your scarecrow must fit in one of seven categories:
  • Residential (single or multi-family, care facilities)
  • Retail Business (stores & shops, except art galleries)
  • Service Business (legal, medical, travel, salon)
  • Food/Beverage Business (restaurants, bars, coffee)
  • Financial/Insurance/Real Estate (banks, agents, financial consultants)
  • Arts/Government/School/Civic (galleries, city, artists, service clubs)
  • Non-Voting (for those who want to share their creation but do not want to compete)

There are also two special awards: Best First Time Entry and Most Historic Entry. Both of these will be judged by a select group of judges selected by the Edmonds Historic Museum Scarecrow Festival Committee.

How to Build a Scarecrow

Here are some helpful resources and YouTube videos:

Steps for making a traditional scarecrow:

  1. Cut a 10-foot bamboo pole into two pieces, one 4 feet long and the other 6 feet long.
  2. Place the 4-foot section across the 6-foot piece, 1 foot down from the top.
  3. Wire the two pieces together with floral wire, twine or raffia.
  4. Place an old shirt on the short cross-piece of the frame and button the shirt in front.
  5. Stuff the shirt loosely with straw, dry leaves or rags.
  6. Place gloves at the end of the “arms” and secure them with rubber bands.
  7. Pull one leg of a pair of trousers onto the long bamboo pole. The other leg will hang freely.
  8. Tuck the stuffed shirt into the waist of the trousers.
  9. Secure the waist of the trousers to the pole with a rope or belt, tying the belt or rope to the cross-piece if necessary to keep the pants from falling down.
  10. Stuff the pants with the stuffing material of your choice.
  11. Make a head for your scarecrow by stuffing straw into a pillowcase. Tie the pillowcase opening onto the top of the long stake with rope.
  12. Draw a face with felt-tip pens, or glue on buttons for eyes and yarn for a mouth.
  13. Stick the scarecrow in the ground or tie it securely in another location.


  • Be creative! Scarecrows can be male or female!
  • Dress up your scarecrow according to the theme.
  • If you decide not to make a scarecrow head, simply place a hat on the top of the long pole, stapling it to the bamboo so it stays in place.
  • Another way to avoid the pants falling off is to use overalls and secure them over the cross-piece.