scarecrows_gettting-ready-winterWith summer’s heat radiating, October may feel like a million years away. But time is getting short to enter your creatively handcrafted scarecrow in Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual “Scarecrows in the Garden” design contest. Registration is open now; it ends Aug. 22. “Scarecrow” events run Oct. 2-31.

This year’s theme, “Ogre-tober,” honors the friendly giant that’s among the 28 oversized sculptures in the Garden’s “Imaginary Worlds” exhibition.

If you enter the contest, in either the professional or nonprofessional category, the Garden encourages you to design a scarecrow that mimics one of the topiary-like sculptures — a cobra, the Earth Goddess or unicorn — or create your own imaginary being (as long as you meet contest guidelines when you register. Download an application HERE). The entry fee is $25.

Other “Scarecrows in the Garden” events include the Oct. 2 “Fest-of-Ale,” a “Goblins in the Garden” costume party on Oct. 19 and the Great Pumpkin-Carving Contest on Oct. 23. They are included in regular Garden admission. $18.95; $12.95 ages 3-12; under age 3 and Garden members free. Cash bars for Fest-of-Ale and “Goblins in the Garden” events.


About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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