Visit Fairfield County’s Trail of Scarecrows Returns!

Visit Fairfield County’s Trail of Scarecrows is returning for the 2023 fall season. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the county-wide tradition and its return is set to be cinematic! Introducing 10 new categories, including Best Movie-Inspired Scarecrow, the Trail of Scarecrows is bigger and better than ever.

The Trail of Scarecrows is available for all to enjoy during the month of October. Now through September, Visit Fairfield County accepts scarecrow registrations from county businesses and residents. Create and display your scarecrow through October for all to enjoy. It is completely free to register and you could win a $50 Visa gift card if your scarecrow is a People’s Choice Winner!

REGISTER ONLINE or contact the Visit Fairfield County visitor center and request a paper registration form.

Locals and visitors will delight in scarecrow challenges. A scarecrow challenge exists for every participating community in Fairfield County. With the Visit Fairfield County app, scarecrow fans can use the digital map to find scarecrows and enter a three-digit code to check in at each scarecrow. These codes are available on each scarecrow’s name sign. After checking in at half of the scarecrows in a community, participants complete the challenge and can go to the Visit Fairfield County Visitor Center in downtown Lancaster to obtain prizes.

As people visit scarecrows across the county, they can also vote for their favorite in each community. The scarecrow that gets the most votes in its community will be deemed a People’s Choice Winner and the resident or business responsible for the scarecrow will receive a $50 Visa gift card.

New this year, voters can write-in their favorite scarecrows and nominate them for awards such as Best Movie-Inspired Scarecrow, Best Dressed, Best Scarecrow Scene, and more. The residents or businesses that win in these categories will receive a special award for their display. Winners will be announced in early November on the official Trail of Scarecrows Facebook page.

The Trail of Scarecrows officially launches October 1-31, so don’t miss this autumnal tradition in Fairfield County!

For more ideas on what to do this fall, including a compilation of fun events, check out The Autumn Experience on the Visit Fairfield County website.

For additional information, please call Visit Fairfield County at 740-654-5929.

To learn more about Visit Fairfield County, visit, or follow the organization on Facebook.

The Fairfield County Visitors and Convention Bureau is a non-profit destination marketing organization that promotes places to visit and things to do in Fairfield County to visitors and residents alike. The information center is located at 158 W. Wheeling Street in Lancaster, Ohio.

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Tia Dauterman, Information Specialist at Visit Fairfield County

By Tia Dauterman

Tia Dauterman is the Information Specialist at Visit Fairfield County. She is a resident of Lancaster and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.