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Scarecrows have been used for centuries all around the world to keep birds away from our crops and gardens.  They may have given way to more modern bird scaring techniques, the presence of a scarecrow can still be an effective deterrent and a delightful season addition.

In celebration of our hardworking agricultural community in St Johns County, Rype & Readi is holding a Scarecrow Building competition. This contest is open to registered groups from September 21 through October 13. Judging will take place the last week of October.

The Scarecrows will stand prominently around our Downtown Farm Market property until November 1st.

We invite school groups, sport teams, local clubs, or good friends to build your own scarecrow. We encourage families, school groups, and civic organizations to take up the challenge and let their imagination and creative skills create some eye-catching entries.

We provide a pole, clothes and straw, tools and fasteners. Use your creative talents and accessories to represent your school, club, group or theme. Expert assistance from our scarecrow techs will be available! Feel free to bring your own “add-ons” to really customize your scarecrow. It’s a great way to show your school spirit or promote fellowship in your group!

Scarecrow Building Fee is $10 per Scarecrow.

Building Time Reservations: Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am-12:30pm please reserve your time online (click here) or email manager.rypeandreadi@gmail.com for alternate date/time reservations.

Judging: Pictures of all Scarecrows will be posted on our facebook page and website. Visitors to the sites can vote on their favorite and points will be tallied on Tuesday October 30th. 

Prizes will be awarded to the best in these categories:

  • Best in Show
  • Most Creative
  • Scariest
  • Most kid friendly
  • Funniest
  • Rype & Readi Staff Pick

Prizes:   Great prizes including gift cards to the Downtown Farm Market and admission to special events will be given to the winners!