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Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County holding 2021 “Scarecrow Fest”
Dawson County Junior High School has recently put up a larger-than-life painted tiger made out of hay bales as the first entry in the Good Shepherd Clinic’s 2021 “Scarecrow Fest” contest. - photo by Erica Jones

The Good Shepherd Clinic in Dawson County has officially begun accepting entries in its 2021 “Scarecrow Fest”, allowing local businesses and organizations a chance to compete for the best scarecrow in the county. 

According to the official entry form for the contest, it is open to all Dawson County businesses, offices, churches, organizations and homeowners associations. The entry fee to participate is $100 to the Good Shepherd to help the nonprofit with its mission of providing health services to uninsured residents of Dawson County. 

Participants in the contest will build their best scarecrow and display it in front of their business or organization. They will then take a photo of the scarecrow and email the photo, scarecrow’s name and name of the company or organization to by no later than Oct. 15 at 10 p.m. 

Entries will be posted on the Good Shepherd Clinic’s Facebook page, and the scarecrow with the most Facebook likes will be declared the official winner. 

Dawson County Junior High School was the first place in the county to put up a scarecrow, placing two scarecrows on the hill in front of an impressive painted hay bale sculpture of the school’s mascot, a tiger. According to contest organizers, more will be popping up around town as the contest goes on. 

Those wanting to participate in the contest must complete an entry form and email it to The clinic will then contact applicants for payment information. 

Scarecrows can be set up and submitted any time between Sept. 15 and Oct 15. Displays should be left up though Oct. 31, and the winners will be announced on Saturday, Oct. 30. 

For questions or more information about the contest, contact Kristie Myers at (706)429-6800 or by emailing To view entries as they are put up around town, go to the Good Shepherd Clinic’s Facebook page at