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Dunkin' Donuts Scarecrow Contest

Saturday, October 30, 2010

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thank you to all participants in the 2010 Scarecrow Contest. We look forward to seeing your artistry and creativity again next year! Please check for 2011 details next fall.

The third annual Scarecrow Design Competition celebrated the spirit of the fall harvest season and creative expression! On Saturday, October 30, 2010 the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation displayed up to 200 scarecrows constructed by groups of all ages at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park (just north of 72nd Street Transverse by the Lake and the Boathouse Restaurant).

Four categories differentiated groups by age: elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and adults. A panel of judges awarded first, second, and third place prizes in each category. Grand prize in each category was $200. Winning scarecrows will be displayed after the event in the Arsenal Gallery, the only municipally-run gallery in New York City.

2010 Contest Winners

The Parks Department would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Scarecrow Design Competition. It was a very close race and we want to congratulate the winners of this year’s event!


1st Place: “The Juggler,” Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, Manhattan, NY

2nd Place: “Falling Leaves,” St. Joseph’s Elementary School, Yorkville, NY

3rd Place: “Unique Scarecrow,” Hansborough Rec Center, Manhattan, NY

Middle School

1st Place: “Tommy the Samuri,” Immaculate Conception School, Queens, NY

2nd Place: “Tiffany,” Louis Armstrong Middle School, Queens, NY

3rd Place: “Spongebob,” Goodwill Industires I.S. 10 Beacon, Queens, NY


1st Place: “Candyman,” Fiorella LaGuardia High School, George Tsourounakis, Queens, NY

2nd Place: “Ode to NYC Parks,” Louis Armstrong Middle School, Queens, NY

3rd Place: “Leafie,” Arasely Caraballo, Manhattan, NY

People’s Choice Awards

Elementary Category - People’s Choice Award Winner: “Falling Leaves,” St. Joseph’s of Yorkville

Middle School Category - People’s Choice Award Winner: “Tommy the Samurai,” Immaculate Conception School

Adult Category - People’s Choice Award Winner: “Candyman,” Fiorella LaGuardia High School


Watch the Pumpkin Festival Spot

Highlights from previous years

  • Boy getting his face painted
  • Boy in a pumpkin field
  • People in a haunted house
  • Group of girls in costumes
  • Pumkins arranged in the shape of a heart
  • Woman and girl posing with a pumpkin
  • An entertainer performing at Pumpkin Festival
  • An entertainer performing at Pumpkin Festival

Event Sponsors

City of New York Parks & Recreation Hub T.V.

Supporting Sponsors

Dunkin Donuts Time Warner Cable New York Post NY Rangers Road Tour

Cabot NYC Water KTU 103.5 FM Madame Tussads New York Megamind Ripley's Believe it or Not Odditorium

Le Pain Quotidien

Performances By

Big Apple Circus Kidrockers Laughing Pizza The Flying Kazamazov Brothers


Pumpkin Festival 2009 poster in a subway station

Interested in becoming a sponsor of Pumpkin Festival? In addition to being featured in the one of the largest public events in Central Park, your brand will gain exposure through a comprehensive marketing plan that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Subway Posters
  • Printed flyers and posters distributed to various schools, businesses, and organizations
  • Radio Advertisements
  • Newspaper Advertisements
  • Parks website (350,000 unique visitors/month)
  • E-blasts to Parks’ lists
  • Aggressive public relations campaign to over 200 media outlets

Please contact Christine Dabrow at for more information.

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