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2nd Annual Scarecrow Contest

October 16 - October 31

Anyone – families, businesses, students, teachers, community residents- can enter a scarecrow into the contest. This year scarecrows will be inspired by Historic Kennebunkport. Our community will cast their votes for their favorite scarecrow.

You can register online for the contest for free. You must register by October 9th, 2023. You can register more than one scarecrow if you choose. The Scarecrow contest helps to support the Kennebunkport Historical Society, a non-profit, member-supported organization. Click HERE to sign up.

The scarecrows must be delivered to the Kennebunkport Historical Society’s “White Columns” at 8 Maine Street, by October 16th, 2023. The Kennebunkport Historical Society will provide you with your numbered scarecrow display space. Voting begins on October 17th. Ensure that your scarecrow can endure the outdoor weather. All entrants must remove their scarecrow by November 1st, 2023.

Your scarecrow should be inspired by historic Kennebunkport. Imagine sea captains, sailors, boat builders, fishermen, lobstermen, farmers, carpenters, store clerks, shoemakers, teachers, blacksmiths, innkeepers, tavern owners, bakers, quilters, ministers and more.

Entries may choose to include multiple scarecrows (or whimsical characters), as well as props and decor to reflect the theme of your display.

It must NOT display any derogatory words, symbols, or nudity. No politics! It can display business, family, team, or group names. The Board Members of the Historical Society will review all scarecrows before they are displayed to ensure compliance.

Electricity will not be provided for displays and flammable objects are not allowed.

Last year’s contestants:

Last year’s winner, Irene Cluff.

All scarecrows will be displayed on the front lawn at White Columns (8 Maine Street) for everyone to see. They will also be posted on social media for the opportunity for online voters.

  • Register online by October 9th, 2023
  • Scarecrows will be set up for display from October 16 – October 31.
  • Voting will take place on site October 16-31 as well as on our website during these dates.
  • The grand prize winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 1st on our Website and social media.

Voting cards are available for $1 each, and there’s no limit to the number of times you can cast your vote. The proceeds generated from the voting cards will be shared between the creator of the winning scarecrow and the Kennebunkport Historical Society. You are allowed to cast a vote/votes on your own scarecrow.

Voting cards will be available to purchase at the White Columns gift shop and online at Kporths.com.

Voters will be asked to judge the Scarecrow displays by the following criteria:

  • Creativity/Originality
  • Technical Aspects


White Columns
8 Maine Street
Kennebunkport, ME 04046 United States
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