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Morris Arboretum’s scarecrow design contest returns

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Morris Arboretum is calling all scarecrows for its annual Scarecrow Design Contest. This year participants may create a scarecrow for the theme:  Heroes and Villains.  Sign-up by Thursday, September 18 to ensure your place in the contest!  Entry fee is $30, with a $5 discount for those who register by Friday, September 12.  Scarecrow frames, hay, burlap and twine are all provided.  Details and downloadable contest entry forms are available online at www.bit.ly/MAcrows .

Get ready to design a unique scarecrow this season. Photo courtesy of the Morris Arboretum

Get ready to design a unique scarecrow this season. Photo courtesy of the Morris Arboretum

These scarecrows, more than 30(!), will be on display at the Arboretum for three weeks along Scarecrow Walk at the Oak Allée from Saturday, October 4 through Sunday October 19.  Now in its seventh year and more popular than ever, Scarecrow Walk is a must see for the fall season.  Visitors of all ages will vote for their favorite scarecrow to determine which will be the winners.  New this year, prizes will be awarded to the top five winning Scarecrow Designers!

1st Prize           $125 Cash

2nd Prize           $75 Gift Certificate for The Shop at Morris Arboretum

3rd Prize           $50 Gift Certificate for The Shop at Morris Arboretum

4th Prize           $35 Gift Certificate toward one Continuing Education Class

5th Prize           $25 Gift Certificate toward one Continuing Education Class

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.  The 92-acre horticulture display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. The Arboretum includes numerous picturesque spots such as a formal rose garden, historic water features, a swan pond, and the only remaining freestanding fernery in North America. A permanent nationally award winning exhibit, Out on a Limb – a Tree Adventure adds to Morris Arboretum’s allure by transporting visitors 50 feet up into the treetops on a canopy walk that requires no climbing.  Open weekdays 10am-4pm and weekends 10am-5pm.  For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.

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