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Communications July 24, 2019

Mercer Now Taking Scarecrow Contest Entries

Show off your creative skills and join Mercer Botanic Gardens for a fun-filled scarecrow decorating contest this fall. Entries will go on display in October, and voting begins during the Oct. 5 Pollinator Festival through Oct. 31. Entry forms must be submitted by Sept. 7.

“Sixteen scarecrows greeted park guests last October,” said Jamie Hartwell, Mercer’s volunteer coordinator. “This year, we’re hoping to double that amount. Anyone can enter – individuals, schools, churches, scouts, businesses, clubs.”

There’s no charge to display a scarecrow, and prizes will be awarded after voting.

Each entry should incorporate some type of pollinator, including butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, or bats. Plants, insects, and pollinator-related props, like a jar of honey, may also be part of your display To view the contest rules or sign up online, visit

Contest rules and entry forms will also be available in the Mercer Botanic Gardens Visitor Center, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road in Humble. For more information, contact Mercer Volunteer Coordinator Jamie Hartwell at 713-274-4160 or