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Show My Veggies

Scarecrow Contest Section - SCA

2024 theme

The Olympics

Rules and information for 2024

  1. The Scarecrow Contest is open to families and organized groups.

  2. Entries for this contest must be preregistered and must be received by July 15th.

  3. There will be an entry fee of $3.00 per scarecrow entry. Entry fee must be included with the entry form. Make checks payable to New Jersey State Fair, Agriculture Division.

  4. Scarecrows are to be dressed and accessorized to illustrate the theme listed below.

  5. Scarecrows will be constructed at the greenhouse at the fairgrounds on Friday, August 2nd from 6 - 8 pm OR Saturday, August 3rd from after 10 am (best to bring in your scarecrow by 2 pm) and will be judged Sunday, August 4th.

  6. Scarecrows will remain on display through Sunday, August 11th.  Premiums, ribbons, and scarecrows may be claimed on Sunday, August 11th between 10:00 am - 12:00 noon and must be claimed by 12:00 noon or scarecrows will be dismantled, and premium will be forfeited unless prior arrangements are made for delivery of premiums.

  7. A wooden stake** and straw for both stuffing and support of the stake will be provided for each scarecrow. The exhibitor must provide clothing and all other accessories. The use of props and/or accessories to carry out the theme is encouraged.** All stakes provided by the Vegetable Show Committee must be returned intact and without alteration or premium will be forfeited.

  8. All scarecrows must use straw as a major component.

  9. Scarecrows will be judged for both quality of construction and use of the theme.

  10. All Scarecrows will be eligible for the People’s Choice Scarecrow rosette. Voting for People’s Choice will begin following judging on August 4th and will continue through Friday, August 9th. People’s Choice rosette will be awarded Saturday, August 10th. All voting for People's Choice will be via Text Message. 

  11. The NJ State Fair Open Vegetable Show is not responsible for any theft or damage to the scarecrows.

2024 THEME - "The Olympics"

Class numbers and descriptions

  1. Traditional Scarecrow – Scarecrow must be on a wooden frame & must include a horizontal bar (wood cross frame).
  2. Sculptured Scarecrow – A non-traditional scarecrow made with items such as chicken wire, hay bales, paper mache – “anything goes”!!

Premiums for SCA

1st Place $20.00 + Blue Rosette
2nd Place  $15.00 + Red Rosette
3rd Place $10.00 + Yellow Rosette
Honorable Mention White Rosette