Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden seeks scarecrows for contest

“Mr. Bill,” a scarecrow by the Boys & Girls Club. COURTESY PHOTO

“Mr. Bill,” a scarecrow by the Boys & Girls Club. COURTESY PHOTO

You don’t expect to see scarecrows in the tropics.

But the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden expect them to be out in full force for its third annual “Scarecrows in the Forest.”

The tropical forest has issued a call to students, community amateur artists, not-for-profits and business/creative professionals to create their own scarecrows for display in the Garden. Cash prizes will be awarded with ‘“Best in Show” chosen by garden visitors.

Show off your scary design skills and enter the “Scarecrows in the Garden” artist design contest. All scarecrow entries will be on display from through Nov. 30. Scarecrow creators are encouraged to use natural or recycled materials.

There are three entry categories: school-age individuals or groups; not-for-profit groups; business/creative professionals and amateur individuals. Cash prizes will be awarded of $100, $50 and $25 for first, second and third place in each category. Best in Show is a $100 prize. Entries are being accepted through the end of September, according to director Misha McRAE. Details, tips for making scarecrows and a registration form are available on the garden’s website — www.keywest. garden or by contacting Misha McRAE at: or calling 305-296-1501.

The garden is at 5210 College Road, on Stock Island, Key West. ¦

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