Boo! Edmonds Scarecrow Festival returns

Sep 13, 2018
Courtesy of: Edmonds Historical Museum The Edmonds Senior Center's "Mr. and Mrs. Potter" took first place in government/civic group category last year.

Yes, it’s not too early to be thinking about Halloween. (Check out the candy aisle at Bartell Drugs.)

Especially when it comes to the Edmonds Historical Museum’s sixth Annual Edmonds Scarecrow Festival, which results in handmade scarecrows exhibited at Edmonds businesses and residences throughout October.

Last year, Edmonds businesses and families built and registered 73 scarecrows. This year, the museum hopes to register 100 or more.

Entrants will be able to register their scarecrow Oct. 2 through Oct. 16 on the museum’s 2018 Scarecrow Festival website, where they can find photos of past scarecrows, along with a FAQ about the festival.

Winners will be announced Nov. 5.

New this year is the “Scarecrow Hunt,” a way for everyone to get really involved.

Five scarecrows in the downtown area will sport specially numbered medallions. By identifying all five, marking them on the special Scarecrow Hunt tally sheet, and dropping them off at the museum, participants will be entered in a drawing for prizes provided by downtown merchants and others.

Tally sheets are available online, at the museum, and at businesses displaying the Scarecrow Hunt medallion on their scarecrow sign.

Never built a scarecrow or need a refresher course?

The Scarecrow Festival website also has instructions to help get participants started.

The categories for this year’s Scarecrow Festival are:

  • Food and beverage providers
  • Retail business
  • Service providers
  • Financial/insurance/real estate
  • Government/civic group/art/schools
  • Residential
  • Noncompetitive

The new noncompetitive category is for those who want to be part of the event, but are not interested in collecting votes.

For the traditional categories, there will again be a special recognition for the top vote getter. And as with last year, a panel of judges who will select the best scarecrow by a first-time builder, and the best depiction of Edmonds history.

All winners get a certificate suitable for framing, a 2019 membership in the Edmonds Historical Museum, and bragging rights.

For more details check the Scarecrow Festival website. You can also email your questions to the Museum at any time (, or call 425-774-0900.



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