Silly and serious, big and small, frightening and friendly-scarecrows created by our Nashville community will invade our gardens again this fall. Get in on the fun of Cheekwood Harvest by assembling a group in your school, workplace, church, or neighborhood and designing your own custom scarecrow. This year’s theme is Visual Artists — check out the list below to see which artists you’ll be able to see on our trail of scarecrows!

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How to Participate

  1. Submit your registration form online (see below).
  2. Await further communication from Cheekwood staff.
  3. Begin brainstorming your scarecrow design.
  4. Pick up your scarecrow frame from Cheekwood (more details to follow).
  5. Design your scarecrow!
  6. Send in your group’s scarecrow name and your artist statement.
  7. Return your scarecrow to Cheekwood for display.
  8. Visit your scarecrow in Cheekwood’s Turner Seasons Garden!

Guidelines for Participation

  • No mannequins may be used for the Scarecrow display! PVC pipe frames are provided by Cheekwood—please use these frames instead of mannequins. Entries that use mannequins as the base will not be accepted or displayed.
  • Scarecrows must be family friendly and appropriate for all audiences. Entries that are not in good taste, overly political, or contain overt brand advertising will not be accepted or displayed.
  • Materials that can withstand being outdoors for the duration of the exhibition should be used. Any Scarecrow that deteriorates beyond acceptable condition may be removed by Cheekwood at any time.
  • Scarecrows are to be delivered to Cheekwood fully assembled during the dates and times specified in Cheekwood communications. If a scarecrow is not fully assembled, Cheekwood staff will be unable to install it.
  • Cheekwood staff will remove and dispose of scarecrows at the end of the exhibit if they are not picked up during specified times below.

Participation Timeline

Friday, August 6 By 5:00 PM Online registration forms due
Thursday, August 19 – Friday, August 20 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Participants must pick up Scarecrow frames at Cheekwood Visitor Services Center
Friday, August 20 By 5:00 PM Participants must send Scarecrow name and artist statement via e-mail to Cheekwood
Wednesday, September 15 – Thursday, September 16 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Participants’ completed scarecrows must be delivered to Cheekwood Visitor Services Center and installed by participant
Wednesday, November 3 – Thursday, November 4 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Participants may remove their scarecrows if they want to keep them
Thursday, November 4 By 5:00 PM All remaining scarecrows will be removed and discarded by Cheekwood staff by end of day


To get in on this fun community event, simply complete this online form by 5 pm on Friday, August 6. After submitting this form, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with more information. If you have questions, contact Sarah Humphrey at

The Scarecrows application is now closed.

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