Downtown Toms River Scarecrow Walk

Review rules and scroll to the bottom to enter the Scarecrow Walk Contest.
All entries must be received by Friday, October 6, 2017.

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2012 First Place winner "Vicious Victoria"
by Yesterdays and Todays (Business Category)
More photos from previous Harvest Arts Festivals.
  • The contest is open to all ages.
  • No entry fee!
  • Registration is required and must be received by Friday, October 6, 2017. 
  • Business
  • Individual/Family
  • Community Group


  • First Place - $100.00 (each category)
  • Second Place - $75.00 (each category)
  • Third Place - $50.00 (each category)


  • All entries must be family friendly.  Scarecrows that reflect controversial social, religious, or political situations will not be accepted.  Downtown Toms River has the right to reject any and all scarecrows they deem offensive or inappropriate. 
  • Each group or individual may enter only one scarecrow.
  • Scarecrows must remain on display outside from October 13 - October 31. 
  • Scarecrows will be subject to the weather for several weeks.  Materials must be firmly attached to the scarecrow.  Use materials that will stand up to all weather conditions. 
  • We recommend that you check on your scarecrow periodically to make sure it remains in presentable condition.  The better it looks the more votes you will get!  If at any time a scarecrow deteriorates due to weather, Downtown Toms River reserves the right to remove it.
  • Display area of scarecrow should be no more than 4’ x 6’.
  • No electric will be supplied.
  • Downtown Toms River Business Improvement District is not responsible for any scarecrows on display.         


Delivery of Entries:

  • Entrants are responsible for bringing their fully assembled scarecrows to the courtyard in front of Town Hall on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM.
  • At check-in you will receive the pole assignment for your scarecrow, zip ties to attach the scarecrow to the post and a weatherproof sign with the name of your entry.
  • Scarecrows will be affixed to the light posts throughout Downtown. All scarecrows must face in toward the sidewalk and businesses and NOT face the street.



  • The Scarecrows will be displayed all along Washington and Main Streets!
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    Voting and Judging:

  • Scarecrow judging will be done by popular vote beginning October 14. The public can only vote once. Ballots are not valid without your name, address and email address. Ballots will be available in participating businesses in Downtown Toms River. Just look for the Scarecrow Walk Poster.
  • Ballots can be dropped off at ballot boxes located at the Downtown Toms River Business Improvement District Office, 53 Main St. Toms River.
  • Public voting takes place between October 14 - October 29, 2017.
  • Winners will be announced on Monday, October 30, 2017 on our website and FaceBook page.
  • All scarecrows must be picked up by Wednesday, November 1, 2017.


Hold Harmless:

Neither Downtown Toms River nor their agents will be held responsible for any injury or damage associated with the Scarecrow Walk.


It is understood that Downtown Toms River and its agents may use photographs and stories about the actual scarecrow entries themselves, as well as all information contained on this Entry Form for publicity and promotion of the event.

All entries must conform to Downtown Toms River standards.  Downtown Toms River reserves the right to deny exhibition privileges to any entry considered to be offensive in regard to race, sex or religion.


The Scarecrow Walk will be up October 14 - October 31! ~ Cast your vote!

Ballots will be available at participating restaurants with a poster in the window.

Ballots will need to be dropped off at the Downtown Toms River BID office at 53 Main Street.

Important Dates:
Registration deadline Friday, October 6, 2017
Date to drop off Scarecrows at Town Hall Courtyard Friday, October 13, 2017
Dates Scarecrows will be displayed downtown October 14 - October 31, 2017
HARVEST ARTS FESTIVAL Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Cast your Votes! October 14 - October 29, 2017
Winners announced Monday, October 30, 2017
Date to pick up Scarecrows Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Scarecrow Entry Application

Please support our generous sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible!
Xfinity United Water Toms River NJ Natural Gas Downs Ford Shore Community Bank Magic 100.1 FM WRAT 95.9FM The Rat Rocks! WOBM 99.9 The Hawk 94.3 The Point WOBM News Talk Radio Stop & Shop BlueClaws Allied Building Products Perdue 250th Celebration of Toms River, NJOcean County Tourism
This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission from funds granted by the NJ State Council on the Arts.
Photo credits: Vicki Pecchioli, Christine Bonafide and Toms River Online.


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August 1, 2017