Scarecrows in the Gardens

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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park and the Friends of Maclay Gardens, Inc., invite you to enjoy Scarecrows in the Gardens! The 9th Annual Scarecrows in the Gardens event will kick off on October 15th. From the wacky and scary to the artistic, come enjoy these handcrafted creations along the Gardens’ brick walkway. If you want to join the fun, the Friends of Maclay Gardens invite you to create a one-of-a kind scarecrow to display in the Gardens through November 7th. Businesses, community groups, schools, families, and/or individuals are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the Adult, Business, Non-Profit and Youth categories. Adult, Business and Non-Profit winners receive tickets to the 2017 Moon Over Maclay Concert to be held in the evening on Sunday, November 5th. Youth and People’s Choice winners receive cash prizes. Entries from prior years and current contest rules and registration information may be found at


The event is free with paid park admission if you just wish to stroll through the gardens and view the scarecrows. Refer to for fees required to enter a scarecrow in the competition.

Event Time: 

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 8:00am EDT to Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 5:00pm EST

Contact Info: 

For more information, contact the park at 850-487-4556.

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