Members of the public, including businesses, churches, organizations, school groups and individuals are encouraged to submit entries for this year’s Scarecrow Festival at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. This event will take place from Oct. 16 through Nov. 10, 2012. Prizes will be awarded in several categories on the last day of Scarecrow Festival during Shangri La’s Autumn Fair. Scarecrows should be created from recycled or repurposed materials whenever possible to help represent Shangri La’s ‘green’ theme. Entries will be placed along the pathways of Shangri La and visitors during the Scarecrow Festival will be able to vote for a favorite.

“The Scarecrow Festival has become one of the largest events in both attendance and community participation,” says Shangri La Director Michael Hoke. “We look forward to those that have participated in the past doing so again, and hope to see a lot of new groups, organizations and families join in the fun this year.”

Participants must complete an entry form no later than Friday, October 5, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. The entry form along with rules and other information can be found Scarecrow installation will take place from October 13 through 15, and entrants will need to check with the Shangri La Admissions Window for scarecrow placement location.

Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays, noon – 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit

See many creative designs during Shangri La’s annual Scarecrow Festival, October 16-November 10.