Members of the public, including businesses, churches, organizations, school groups and individuals are encouraged to submit entries soon for this year’s Scarecrow Festival at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, as spots are filling up fast. This event will take place from Oct. 18 through Nov. 12.

Over a hundred scarecrows are expected, and visitors during the Scarecrow Festival will be able to vote for a favorite.

Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Scarecrows should be created from recycled materials whenever possible to help represent Shangri La’s ‘green’ theme. Entries will be placed along the pathways of Shangri La and must be able to withstand being outdoors for the duration of the festival.

Participants must complete an Official Entry Form no later than Friday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m., but with spots filling up, participants are encouraged to turn in entry forms earlier. A complete entry form along with rules and other information can be found at

Installation will take place from Oct. 15 through 17, and entrants will need to check with the Shangri La Admissions Window for scarecrow placement location.

“There are quite a few entries already,” says Director of Shangri La Michael Hoke, “we just want to make sure those planning to enter a scarecrow in this year’s event get their entry forms turned in.”

Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit