Scarecrow Contest

Check out our 2016 Winners!

First Place

#5 ~ “Nightmare Before Christmas”
Stacey Arcos/Sandra Moore ~ Valley Home, CA

Second Place

#14 ~ “Children of the Corn”
Tim Jackson/Sam Ratto ~ Stockton, CA

Third Place

#13 ~ “Hansel & Gretal”
Girl Scout Troop 2723 ~ Manteca, Ca

Fourth Place

#24 ~ “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
River Islands Technology Academy – 4th Grade Classes ~ Lathrop, CA

Enter our 2017 Scarecrow Contest

Please fill out the on-line application, or click here to download the PDF and fax it back to us!


Create a Traditional Scarecrow or Themed Scarecrow: “Where in the World is Your Scarecrow?” this year.  The Traditional Scarecrow should reflect the type of Scarecrow that is found in farm fields. Themed Scarecrows with scenes related to where in the world your Scarecrow may be: At the Beach, In the Mountains, In a Foreign Country or Different State will receive an EXTRA $Cash$ BONUS for any Winning Scarecrow that places.  Scarecrows may be made by an individual or a group. Use your imagination in creating a theme for your Scarecrows. Whether you choose a Traditional or a Themed Scarecrow of “Where Around the World is Your Scarecrow?”, the approach is up to you. Your Scarecrow can be funny or frightening. Be Creative!

PRIZES:     Scarecrow Winners

First Place Award       $  350.00

Second Place Award    $  250.00

Third Place Award      $  200.00

Fourth Place Award    $  150.00

PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  This contest is FREE to enter. Submit application on-line or by downloading the PDF application here.  All applications MUST be received by August 31, 2017.  To enter on-line simply fill out the application to the right and submit by August 31st 2017 to guarantee placement.  Late registration will be allowed on a case by case basis only if space allows.   For late registrations please call Yvonne Sampson at 209 969-6048.  THE CONTEST WILL BE LIMITED TO FIRST 50 ENTRIES.

JUDGING:  Visitors to the Pumpkin Maze scarecrow ride will cast ballots handed out on the ride.

AWARD CEREMONY:  Winners will be announced October 31, 2017. Participants need not be present to win!

LOCATION:  Dell’Osso Family Farm, Lathrop California – Corn Maze location


Multiple entries per person or group will be permitted.  All entries are subject to the limitations of space availability as well as the standards of display set by Dell’Osso Family Farm management.


All entrants must physically set up their own scarecrows on Saturday, September 23rd, between 10am and 2pm.  If entrants cannot bring their scarecrows on that day they must call Yvonne at 209 969-6048 to make special arrangements.

All entries must remain in the patch through October 31st, 2017.  Entries must be picked up before Saturday, November 4th, 2017.  If scarecrows are not picked up, they may be thrown away.



Dell’Osso Farms will place a 4’ – 5’ high metal fence post in the ground for attaching the scarecrow. The builder of the scarecrow MUST provide a method for attaching their scarecrow to the post. A 2” diameter PVC pipe is STRONGLY recommended thru the middle of the scarecrow body or the back.  This will facilitate the installation on the post to give both structure and stability to your scarecrow and its limbs.  If using PVC is not conducive to your design then you MUST provide another way to attach your scarecrow to the post.  Each scarecrow MUST be accompanied by a sign which includes the name of the applicant and other information about the entry that the applicant deems interesting.  It is recommended that you identify (with a small tag) your scarecrow.

SIZE LIMITATIONS:  All entries should fit within a 5 foot cubic area including all of its extension limbs, width or length.  Please contact us before August 31, 2017 if your entry will exceed this space.  Typically a taller entry is allowed. The entire structure of the exhibit is considered to be the dimension of the scarecrow entry – not the dimension of the actual scarecrow. All oversized entries will be in a pre-assigned location.

MATERIALS:   As all scarecrow entries must remain outdoors until October 31st, 2017 and may be subject to severe wind and/or rain, their construction should be durable and all ornamentation securely attached. Carved pumpkins or other living materials that will not last the duration of the exhibition are discouraged.  The ground surface will be dirt so dust will be a factor to consider as well as rain and wind.

MORE INFORMATION:  Call Yvonne Sampson: 209-969-6048 or visit

Scarecrow Contest On-Line Application