Downtown Manchester Scarecrow Festival — A Call to Artists!

Are you ready to create a scarecrow for our Downtown Manchester Scarecrow Festival? We hope so!

Everyone is invited to participate — Businesses, Clubs, Schools, Non-Profits and Families and Individuals!

This year we have added a special twist – which comes along with special prizes! We are encouraging artists to create scarecrows for our theme – “Undercover Heroes.”

We are challenging you to line Main Street with heroes! We encourage you to be creative as you consider this theme—and consider your hero’s undercover identity.  It is, after all, a time for costumes and disguises!

What type of problem can your hero solve? What superpowers are needed? How can you represent your club/business/family with a hero? We can’t wait to find out!

Hero scarecrows will be entered into a judging for special prizes including “Best in Theme by a Group or Business” and “Best in Theme by an Individual or Family.”

Exciting Updates:

  • Special Theme Challenge
  • More Prizes!
  • Tell Your Story with Words and Video!
  • Business/Group Recognition & Promotion Online

Ready to learn more?  CLICK HERE! to read all about the Scarecrow Festival!

Your registration must be received by 9/28.

This year we are asking everyone to register online : CLICK HERE to register.


Call to Artists: 12th Annual Scarecrow Festival

Now is the time to register to participate in the Downtown Manchester 12th Annual Scarecrow Festival! Businesses, organizations, and interested individuals and families are invited to create a family-friendly scarecrow for display on our Downtown Manchester Main Street. The scarecrows will be on display from October 10th to October 24th.

Each year approximately 30-35 participants decorate Main Street with their creative scarecrows. Visitors from around the region come to stroll Main Street, take photos with the scarecrows, and discover our downtown businesses.

The scarecrows will also be featured on the Downtown Manchester ScareCrow Festival Facebook page as well as the DMSSD Facebook Page and Instagram @downtownmanchesterct.

You are invited to create a scarecrow that highlights your business, hobbies, or other interests. We are always amazed by the creativity of our participants. We only ask that scarecrows are family-friendly and avoid political themes.

CLICK HERE to download our participation forms. Registration forms must be submitted by Wednesday, 9/30/2020. You can also CLICK HERE to register with our online form!

You can contact us with any questions. We are happy to help!, 860-645-2101.

The Scarecrow Festival is sponsored by the Downtown Manchester Special Services District with support from Crimson Art Box.

Below are just a few of the scarecrows from last year. View more of last year’s photos online!

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