Now that spring is here, there’s an influx of straw creatures around the hills of the Mary Valley, South-East Queensland, all vying for a cash prize in the annual Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival.
Scarecrows come out of hiding on October 1, and will guard farm gates and village shops until the judges award the Grand Champions their prize money at the Harvest Dinner on November 9.
Some will even hang around for the Mary River Festival in Kandanga on November 10.
The scarecrow festival is great fodder for ‘crow spotting, the fun game for visitors who travel country roads looking for straw creatures, arty sculptures and other creations honoring the tradition of building scarecrows.
There will be a Google map to lead you down country roads to discover new places.
You can find scarecrows from Conondale and Kenilworth through the Sunshine Coast hinterland north to Dagun, near Gympie.
It’s a great excuse to pack a picnic and tour through Mary Valley Country!
The locals will tell you that it’s all about fun. A few ‘crows have a distinct purpose in life, carrying on as their forebears did, protecting crops by scaring away the birds. But others are just there to dress up the paddocks and maybe even share the wry humour of the country folk who live in the Mary Valley all year round.
It’s how they deal with the seasons of country life – flood, drought and everything in between.
And even better, making scarecrows doesn’t cost an arm and a leg! You usually have the bones of a scarecrow in the shed – a broomstick, a bale of hay and some old clothes.
Once judging is confirmed (October 8) the Google map will go live so that you can plan your self-drive tour.
Register and display your ‘crow by October 1 to win
Traditional – $100
Artistic – $100
Child (5-15 yr old) – $50
Catsclaw creation – $100
Dates: October 1 – Novemebr 10 2018
More information: http://maryvalleyartslink.com.au/mary-valley-scarecrow-festival/