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The 9thAnnual Scarecrow Festival returns on October 10 at Shangri La Gardens
News Release
Monday, September 24, 2018

ORANGE, Texas – Each autumn Shangri La Gardens hosts the largest Scarecrow Festival in Texas with dozens of hand-crafted scarecrows exhibits displayed throughout the gardens. Created by talented folks from community organizations, businesses, schools, churches and families, scarecrow designs range from funny to clever to wacky and weird! For sure, no two scarecrows are ever the same!

This year’s Scarecrow Festival runs from October 10, 2018 to November 3, 2018. Admission to the gardens is FREE!

The Scarecrow Festival is a great way to celebrate the changing season and see what the community creates with repurposed and recyclable materials with a heap of imagination. The scarecrows are innovative, inspiring, and kind to their world! The theme focuses on "environmentally friendly" scarecrows.

Family activities include scavenger hunts throughout the gardens and be sure to vote for your favorite Scarecrow. This is also a great time of year to enjoy a stroll through the gardens and to enjoy the changing seasonal colors of flowers and foliage throughout the gardens.

Autumn Fair, Saturday, November 3, 2018, is the last day of the Scarecrow Festival each year and a day of family harvest fun at Shangri La Gardens. The scarecrow winners will be announced and awards will be distributed. Activities include face painting, raffles for prizes, live animal shows, games and activities, and of course the last chance to see the scarecrows!

According to Director, Rick Lewandowski, Shangri La Garden’s beloved Scarecrow Festival is a perfect way to spend time with the family and enjoy the talents of so many scarecrow exhibit artists. Don’t forget that the gardens are in all their splendor during this time of year, too.

All of this and more is waiting for you at Shangri La Gardens, 250+ acre oasis in the heart of Orange, Texas. Visit often to see the changes each season brings with new plant displays, programs, and events.  

Shangri La Gardens is located at 2111 W. Park Avenue in Orange, Texas and is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for strolling and exploration. Be sure to visit our website ( to check out our fall programs as well as signature events throughout the year.

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