Beckley’s Scarecrow Decorating Contest

Businesses, organizations and schools are invited to use their creativity to build a scarecrow to display in downtown Beckley between October 23 and 31. The contest is being organized by the City of Beckley / Beckley Events along with 4-H/WVU Extension and the Beckley Beautification Commission.  Scarecrows will be displayed on the light poles along Main, Neville, Prince and Kanawha Streets and in Word Park and Shoemaker Square, or in storefront windows (if preferred by downtown business).  

The Beckley Beautification Commission is sponsoring awards for the contest:  1st place = $100; 2nd Place = $50, and 3rd Place = $25.  Scarecrows will need to be installed by Saturday, October 23, at 4 pm for judging at 4 pm, with awards being announced at 5 pm.  Scarecrows will be taken down on November 1.

As far as scarecrow building specifications, the height of each scarecrow should be between 4 and 6 foot and it should be constructed to withstand weather conditions. Some suggestions of lasting materials – chicken wire, straw, corn husks, stalks, rubber foam; stuffing from plastic bags, bubble wrap; nylon or polyester fabrics, and may consider spraying Scotchguard to prevent mildew.  If using a scarecrow kit or commercial scarecrow (Ollies has them for $6.99) as the base, make sure that you add embellishments and apparel to make them unique. Entries should be appropriate for family viewing and should not be excessively violent, gruesome, profane or political.  The goal of the contest is to create a festive atmosphere and to build community spirit.

If interested in entering a scarecrow, please complete the scarecrow contest registration form on the city’s website ( and send it in by October 20, 2021.

For more information, contact:

Jill Moorefield, Beckley Events, 304-256-1776, 304-222-3376 or or

Barbie Little, 4-H Youth Development – Raleigh County, WVU Extension, (304)255-9321,