Registration deadline Sept. 30 for Scarecrows in the Park deadline Sept. 30 for Scarecrows in the Park

The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation invites the Southwest Florida community to participate in its 13th annual “Scarecrows in the Park” competition. Entries will be exhibited Oct. 14 through Oct. 30 in the Children’s Garden at Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, and will be part of the of the Lakes Park Fall Festival.

 This year’s competition is easier, simpler, safer and just as much fun. It has been re-imagined to incorporate improvements. All entries will consist of a single scarecrow figure attached securely to a pole or post, dressed as a favorite movie character. They will be displayed along the Children’s Garden pathways.

The Catellanos won the Poeple’s Choice Award in 2021.

 Businesses, organizations, school and youth groups and individuals are encouraged to participate. The deadline for registration and naming your scarecrow is Sept. 30. Entries must be brought to the park fully assembled.

A team of celebrity judges will select the winners opening night from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, and People’s Choice voting will continue throughout the festival. Proceeds will benefit park-enhancing projects and programs funded and managed by the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation.

“Scarecrows in the Park has been a highlight of the fall season for the past 12 years,” said Marsha Asp, foundation director and event chairperson. “We are all eager to celebrate the fall season outdoors in a safe, open environment, and the 2022 Fall Festival will include a pumpkin patch, bounce houses, hayrides, the very popular Halloween Express train and concessions.” Attendance in past years has exceeded 50,000 and this year is expected to be just as popular. Registration is open now, and full details and registration forms are at Call 239-533- 7578 or email with questions.

— familynews
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