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9th Annual Scarecrow Trail

October 2 - October 25

9th Annual Scarecrow Trail

Lost River Cave’s trails will come alive with cool and wacky scarecrows created by local businesses, organizations and families this October for our 9th Annual Scarecrow Trial. Come join in on the fall fun and build a scarecrow… if you dare!

Join the hottest contest in town as your awesome Scarecrow display will be seen by more than 8,000 local visitors throughout October. Your Scarecrow entry helps maintain Lost River Cave’s trails and 72-acre park, a place where our community can enjoy less screen time and more green time. Registration ends Friday, September 11th at 5pm.

Scarecrow Trail Participants

Trail Dates:

Friday, October 2nd and run thru Sunday, October 25th.

Scarecrow Setup Dates:

Setup for the ‘crows will be by appointment only on Monday, September 28th thru Thursday, October 1st from 9:00am – 4:45pm.

$25 for Families and Non-Profits

$50 for Businesses

This year we will have multiple prize packages! Our panel of judges will choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ‘crows, while the people’s choice awards will be voted on by trail visitors.

  • 1st Place: Free River Birch Room rental ($150 value), four $25 gift certificates to the LRC Gift Shop, ten (10) cave boat tour passes, and a trophy
  • 2nd Place: Two $25 LRC Gift Shop certificates, ten (10) Cave Boat Tour passes, and a trophy
  • 3rd Place: One $25 gift certificate to the LRC Gift Shop, five (5) Cave Boat Tour passes, and a trophy
  • People’s Choice Award: Trophy

LRC Staff will also vote on their favorite as well as other scarecrow superlatives!

  1. It’s a TON of fun!
  2. Your scarecrow is an awesome display that shares your message and represents your business, organization, & family.
  3. Nearly 8,000 people will see your scarecrow.
  4. You will have a chance to win awesome awards and prizes.
  5. Your scarecrow will be recognized and shared with our 18,000+ followers on Facebook as well as nearly 3,000+ followers on Instagram and Twitter.
  6. Did we mention that it’s a ton of FUN?

Registration is now open and will close on September 11th at 5pm! You can register online by clicking the button below! The entry fee is due at the time of reservation.

*A confirmation email will be sent to you after registration that will have instructions on how to sign-up for a setup time the week of September 28th.

Or you can register by completing our registration form and returning it to Lost River Cave. You can return the form to the Visitor Center or mail both the form and payment to:

Lost River Cave
2818 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Contact Delaney or Maegan at [email protected] or 270.393.0077 with any questions!

  • No materials that are harmful to the environment
  • No tires
  • Scarecrow installation must be scheduled by appointment.
  • You must have your scarecrow complete by your appointed installation day.
  • Scarecrow locations are determined on the day of installation.
  • Scarecrows must be in good taste; those that reflect controversial social or political situations will not be accepted.
  • Scarecrows must be constructed to withstand weather conditions.
  • No handouts, promotional materials or free giveaways can be associated with any entry.
  • Your scarecrow must stay on display until Sunday, October 25th.
  • You must collect all parts of your scarecrow and display (e.g., tables, props, etc.) when you pick up your ‘crow.
  • Large displays MUST be picked up.
  • No hay bales should be included in your display. Your ‘crow will automatically be disqualified if hay bales are used.

Scarecrow Trail Visitors

The Scarecrow Trail will open on Friday, October 2nd and run thru Sunday, October 25th. Trails are open from dawn to dusk.

It’s free to walk… if you dare!

Be sure and check-in at our Visitor Center to get a trail map. A face mask or covering will be required when you enter our Visitor Center.

Be sure and vote for your favorite scarecrow!

Voting begins the Friday, October 2nd and will end on Sunday, October 11th. You can vote in our Visitor Center.

The scarecrow with the most votes by our trail visitors will be awarded our “2020 People’s Choice Award”.

  • Please come prepared when visiting the trails. Trail restrooms and water fountains will not be available.
  • The Visitor Center will have restrooms and water fountains available for use. Everyone who enters the Visitor Center will be required to wear a face mask or covering.
  • Pack out what you pack in. With your help, we can make this park a safe, clean space for the community to enjoy!
  • Respect other’s space and maintain social distancingDo your best to stay at least 6 feet apart.  
  • Avoid crowding in areas throughout the Park.  
  • Stay home if you feel unwell or have been in contact with anyone who feels unwell or is sick. 


October 2
October 25
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Lost River Cave
2818 Nashville Rd
Bowling Green, KY 42101 United States
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270 393 0077