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The 4th Annual NELA Scarecrow Competition returns to the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens October 25 – 29, with area non-profits creating imaginative and fun Halloween displays, celebrity judges, and games in the garden.


Opening Night is Tuesday, October 25, 3:00 – 8:00, and features the Scarecrow displays, a variety of games in the garden, and opportunities for guests to win meals at local restaurants. The family-friendly event begins at 3:00. Museum Director Ralph Calhoun says, "The early start time works great for parents to bring younger children to the garden, before homework and supper time." Tuesday night, visitors have an opportunity to view and vote for their favorite Scarecrow.


Admission is $5.00 per person. Each guest receives a ticket to vote for their favorite display; extra votes can be purchased for $5.00 each. The evening's high point is the Awards Ceremony at 7:45. Two trophies will be awarded this year, the coveted Greater Ouachita Golden Pumpkin Trophy and a Celebrity Judges award. The winners of each category receive a cash prize. Second and third place finishers in the People's

Choice voting will receive plaques.


We are excited to announce the Celebrity Judges for 2022 are Ashley Doughty, host of KTVE's Louisiana Living; Sheila Kay Downhour, host of Sunny 98.3 Morning Show; Vitus Shell, Monroe native mixed-media collage painter and La. Tech Professor, and making an early appearance from the North Pole, Santa Claus! The Master of Ceremonies is Sheila Snow, VP of Communication with Discover Monroe-West Monroe.


The gardens will be open at no charge the remainder of the week, Wednesday, October 26 – Saturday, October 29, from 10:00 – 5:00, allowing those who could not attend the opening to view the Scarecrow. Donations are encouraged and appreciated for the rest of the week.


The previous winners of the Golden Pumpkin Trophy were: 2019 Ronald McDonald House, 2020 The Pandemic, and 2021 Parish Ballet.


This event is sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling United, Homeland Bank, KTVE/KARD, The Monroe Garden Study League, Stephens Media Group, Thomas and Farr Insurance, Watson Lighting, and a generous anonymous donor.


Don't hesitate to contact Ralph Calhoun Biedenharn Museum Director at 318-387-5281 if your NELA-based Not-For-Profit wishes to participate in this year's event.


About the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens of Monroe

The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens is a museum complex that features regularly scheduled exhibits and events. It is composed of a historic home filled with antiques and artifacts, formal English gardens, a Coca-Cola Museum, a Bible Museum, and Museum Store. 

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