Registration open for Marietta’s Scarecrows in the Square contest now open

A scarecrow with a pumpkin head in a lawn chairAn entry from a past Scarecrows in the Square (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

The City of Marietta announced on its website that registration for the popular and fun Scarecrows in the Square competition is now open. This will be the 17th year of the annual event.

Entry from a recent Scarecrows in the Square (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

According to the news release, “Please remember each group or organization must register by September 23, 2022, to decorate a Scarecrow on the Square by displaying your group, business or school’s creativity and personality via a scarecrow!”

To register visit this link.

“Entries will be judged on originality, construction and presentation. Creators are urged to use a theme and name that showcases the business or group’s personality,” the announcement continues.


There is a $25 entry fee for each scarecrow in the public scarecrow contest.

However, there is no entry fee for school scarecrows.

All scarecrows must be completed and displayed during the week of September 26th through October 1st.

Winners of the contest will be announced at the Harvestfest on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

For more information phone Marietta Parks and Recreation at 770-794-5601

Entry from a recent Scarecrows in the Square (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

About the City of Marietta

The City of Marietta is the county seat of Cobb County. The latest estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau puts the population of the city at 60,867 which makes it the largest city in Cobb County by population.

However, the city is in a neck-and-neck race with fast-growing Smyrna, whose population was 56,666 at the last estimate.

Here are a few fast facts from the Census Bureau

            Marietta city, Georgia                    
            Population, Census, April 1, 2020                                60972       
            Population, Census, April 1, 2010                                56579       
            Age and Sex                                      
            Persons under 5 years, percent                    6.7%       
            Persons under 18 years, percent                    21.8%       
            Persons 65 years and over, percent                    13.2%       
            Female persons, percent                    49.9%       
            Race and Hispanic Origin                                      
            White alone, percent                    53.4%       
            Black or African American alone, percent(a)                    32.3%       
            American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)                    0.6%       
            Asian alone, percent(a)                    1.9%       
            Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)                    0.0%       
            Two or More Races, percent                    4.7%       
            Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)                    15.7%       
            White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent                    46.4%       
            Population Characteristics                                      
            Veterans, 2016-2020                                2678       
            Foreign born persons, percent, 2016-2020                    16.6%       
            Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2016-2020                    44.0%       
            Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2016-2020                    $310,100       
            Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2016-2020                    $1,856       
            Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage,             2016-2020                    $526       
            Median gross rent, 2016-2020                    $1,145       
            Families & Living Arrangements                                      
            Households, 2016-2020                                24148       
            Persons per household, 2016-2020                                2.39       
            Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+,             2016-2020                    77.9%       
            Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons             age 5 years+, 2016-2020                    23.7%       
            Computer and Internet Use                                      
            Households with a computer, percent, 2016-2020                    95.1%       
            Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent,             2016-2020                    86.6%       
            High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+,             2016-2020                    88.6%       
            Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+,             2016-2020                    44.0%       
            With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2016-2020                    6.3%       
            Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent                    20.2%       
            In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16             years+, 2016-2020                    67.2%       
            In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16             years+, 2016-2020                    61.2%       
            Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)                                264544       
            Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012             ($1,000)(c)                                1584232       
            Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c)                                1129407       
            Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)                                1976915       
            Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c)                    $33,875       
            Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+,             2016-2020                                28.5       
            Income & Poverty                                      
            Median household income (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020                    $59,594       
            Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020                    $36,112       
            Persons in poverty, percent                    14.1%       
            All firms, 2012                                10501       
            Men-owned firms, 2012                                4934       
            Women-owned firms, 2012                                4186       
            Minority-owned firms, 2012                                4286       
            Nonminority-owned firms, 2012                                5502       
            Veteran-owned firms, 2012                                1015       
            Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012                                8663       
            Population per square mile, 2010                                2451.4       
            Land area in square miles, 2010                                23.08