2020 “Scarecrows of Main”
Contest Rules

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Main Street Murfreesboro’s first ever “Scarecrows of Main” Contest is open to all artists through a
partnership with the Rutherford Arts Alliance.

Each artist may only enter one time.

There is no charge for participating but each participant must submit a registration form by the deadline to Sarah Callender at sarah@downtownmurfreesboro.com.

Businesses wanting to participate downtown will be randomly assigned to an artist for display of their scarecrow.

Themes: Use your imagination to select a theme for your scarecrow.  The scarecrow contest is family friendly.  Scarecrows should be whimsical, humorous, mischievous, traditional, or lovable – NOT frightening.  Monsters, gruesome, bloody or especially scary entries will be disqualified.  All scarecrows must be in good taste and not reflect controversial, social or political situations and appropriate for viewing by the public.   Any scarecrow deemed inappropriate or in bad taste by Main Street or the business you are partnered with will not be displayed. 

Ideas: Typical Farm & Garden Scarecrow made from cast-off clothing, burlap, gunny sacks, jeans, overalls, straw hats, bonnets, corn shocks, raffia straw, etc.  Whimsical, Fairytale, Humorous, Fantasy, Celebrity, etc.   Design depicting your favorite fairytale, storybook, animal, or fantasy figure.  Theme depicted around the business you are partnered with (bakery, restaurant, boutique, law office, etc.). 

Construction:  All entries must be hand-made and constructed from recyclable material.  Scarecrows must be durable and able to stand up to sun, wind, and rain showers (they may be placed outside the door of the business).

Talk to your assigned business about ideas and if you both choose to keep the scarecrow inside the business.  If you choose to use fresh vegetables or fruits (like pumpkins) they must be whole and not punctured or carved, to ensure they last through the duration of the contest.  All entries must be handmade.  No commercial costumes, rubber masks, plastic masks etc. will be allowed. In case of scarecrows/parts of scarecrow becoming lost or damaged do not put anything on the scarecrow that is highly valued or of great importance.   All parts of the scarecrow should be securely fastened.  You assume all responsibility for your scarecrow and its pieces.  We reserve the right to remove any entries that do not maintain their ability to be displayed.   Make them bright and use interesting materials.  Minimum height is four feet and maximum height is six feet.

Talk to the business owner you are assigned with first to see where they want to place it when determining size and materials (and if it will be moved by business owner throughout the month).  Plan to visit your scarecrow throughout the month to make sure it is in good presentable condition.

Prizes: Each Scarecrow will be numbered and have the name of the artist on a place card attached to the scarecrow for voting purposes.

People’s Choice – Facebook voting contest will take place by tagging Main Street and the business where the scarecrow is located throughout the month of October.  The most votes tagged through Main Street for a scarecrow by October 31st at 11:00 am wins.  Votes can also be dropped off at the Saturday Market Main Street information table each Saturday during October.

Judge’s Choice – 1st place $100, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50.  Judges chosen by Main Street Murfreesboro will be from outside of Rutherford County.  Monetary prizes given to artists from Main Street Murfreesboro after announcements made on October 31.  Judging based on creativity, use of recycled materials, and theme. Judging will take place the last week of October.

Dates to Remember:

Registration submitted: Friday, September 18.  When registration is received, we will email you the business you will be partnered with.  It is your job to reach out to the business owner and discuss your ideas and find out placement location at their store. 

Scarecrow delivered to business:  October 1-2.  Scarecrows will stay displayed throughout October.

Scarecrow winners revealed: Saturday, October 31 during the Saturday Market live on Main Street’s Facebook page at 11:00am.

Scarecrow pick-up:  November 2, Monday (talk to business owner to set up a time when open).

Main Street Membership

“Downtown is the heart of the community and the center for government, arts, churches, and financial institutions.”

Want to be an “investor” in downtown? 

You can become a member of Main Street in 2020 for $50 and help make an impact on our historic downtown.

“Downtown is an important community space where members of all segments of the community can meet equally for parades, music, speeches, and other community events.”

Interested in sponsoring a downtown event?

Your business can sponsor one of Main Street’s many events and help contribute to the revitalization of our historic downtown.  Sponsorships available for JazzFest, Friday Night Live Concerts, Saturday Farmer’s Market, Taste of Rutherford, and the Celebrate Christmas Downtown event.  

“Downtown can be a tourist attraction and is a location of a community’s unique businesses and buildings.”

When you join Main Street, you will be helping to revitalize our historic commercial district and protect the assets that make our community unique.  Your  financial investment in Main Street will help ensure that established programs continue, including the free events hosted by Main Street.  It will also help as we expand programs in the future.

Are you a downtown business? 

You can become a Business Member of Main Street for $150 and be included on the Main Street website, social media, and downtown map. 

Contact Sarah Callender for more information. 

Our organization focuses on the four elements that help define downtown success.

Enhance Design

Enhance the physical appearance of the historic commercial district, giving attention to street fronts, street furniture, land-scaping, signs and parking. Encourage sensitive new construction, adaptive reuse of historic buildings, and the inclusion of historic preservation practices in city planning.

Economic Vitality

Strengthen the existing economic base of the historic commercial district while identifying opportunities for new businesses to locate within the district. Find new uses for historic commercial buildings and stimulate investment in property.


Create lasting partnerships and develop a broad consensus among the public sector, private sector, civic groups and individuals that will secure a prosperous future for the historic commercial district.


Market the assets of downtown Murfreesboro to residents and visitors. Organize special events, retail promotions and image campaigns to increase foot traffic in the downtown area.