Make your own scarecrow like 'Heidi'
Make your own scarecrow like 'Heidi' Contributed

Community puts their best scarecrow hat on for festival

IF you love the idea of stuffing old clothes with straw or "up cycling" old bits and pieces to make a scarecrow, the 2014 Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival is right up your alley.

This year residents who live near the Mary Valley can put their scarecrows up for adoption by valley businesses who will care for them like they were their own homegrown 'crows.

Cooroy residents have already indicated their interest in sending some 'crows over to Kenilworth, so arty folks in Gympie or down at the Sunshine Coast can do the same, and send them to any of the valley towns from Lagoon Pocket through to Conondale, festival spokesman Nicky Watson said

And you could win money while you are at it.

Scarecrows judged as Mary Valley champions can win $100 in the traditional and open categories, and $50 in the children's categories - for kids aged five to 15 years.

Registrations for the scarecrow festival opened this week and the organising committee is hoping to see a lot of "up cycling" or re-purposing of old items in this year's crop of 'crows.

Wouldn't it be great to see a new version of the tin man from the memorable Wizard of Oz movie?

"Don't be afraid to let your imagination fly," Mrs Watson said

"We don't have any idea what people can come up with, and that's the fun of this festival."

Originally built to ward off birds from the farm crops, scarecrows today are usually relegated to the domestic vegetable patch.

The Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival is auspiced by the Mary Valley Artslink organisation, which aims to promote the growth of the arts as a viable industry within the Mary Valley by providing a framework for artists to build projects. It is affiliated with Artslink Queensland.

Inquiries to Mrs Watson on 5484 3010, email or visit

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