Scarecrow Contest


If you have passed through downtown in the last couple of days, you have probably noticed the scarecrows!  Members of Chipley Garden Club worked for several days pulling the club’s scarecrow collection out of storage and “fluffing” them up before displaying them around town. The club encourages the downtown businesses and merchants to add to the displays and decorate their businesses with Fall colors, pumpkins, corn stalks, pumpkins, and scarecrows, of course.

So, why are the scarecrows here?  They always show up before the annual Scarecrow Building Contest.  This year the contest will be held on Saturday, September 23rd from 9AM until 1PM at the Farmers Market Pavilion.   The entry fee is only $10 per entry.  There are several categories with cash prizes, ribbons, and certificates to be awarded.   Rules and entry forms are available at by calling 850-260-4049 or online at

In conjunction with Scarecrow Building Contest, Washington County Historical Society will be hosting it annual history homecoming.   This family-friendly event will be packed full of free kids crafts, delicious food, drinks, craft vendors, and artists’ offerings.  The farmer’s market will have home-made jams, jellies, fresh veggies, and potted plants, and the history museum will be open for touring.

This year the historical society is excited to host the archeology firm, T. G. Earnest & Associates from Troy State University, who will be available to take a look – for free! – at any artifacts you may have found.   Local historian Dale Cox will also be hand to answer questions about the area.

Vendors for both events may contact Dorothy Odom at 850-638-0358 for information.