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Mary Valley CountryThe Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival began in Maleny in 1998.

In a setting behind Queensland's glorious Sunshine Coast, one of the best scarecrow festivals around Australia has happened during early spring almost every year since the late 90s.

It now runs from mid September until mid October.
2014: 15th Sept - 17th Oct

Conondale and Kenilworth joined in to the fun the year after its humble beginnings. Since then it has spread down the Mary Valley to include Brooloo, Imbil, Ridgewood, Kandanga, Amamoor, and Dagun.

Scarecrows arrive in Mary Valley, SEQ
Written by Kaili Parker-Price   

Friendly rivalry as Mary Valley towns welcome scarecrows

Rivalry is growing between towns in the Mary Valley as they vie to display the most scarecrows in the annual festival which opens on Monday.

Athol the Postie
A flurry of registrations in Kandanga has the tiny village leading the race in the Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival, with Imbil not far behind.

The Kandanga Postie - Athol - has become the stuff of local legend and is featured on his Postie bike out the front of the Kandanga Post Office. A poem submitted with his entry describes how he delivers mail through rain, hail and shine, but you can rarely catch him to have a chat, unless you find him at his "other" office - the local pub.

The festival stretches from Dagun to Conondale, and this year there are cash prizes for 'crows judged as Mary Valley champions, which will be presented at the Mary River Festival on November 8.

Pack a picnic or choose a local cafe or hotel for a country lunch, and come "scarecrow spotting" in the Mary Valley between September 15 and October 17.

Witch & Wizard
Organisers will upload a Google map with the locations of scarecrows onto the website www.scarecrows.org.au and this will help you plan your trip.

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 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 September 2014 09:00
 
Options for children's entries
Written by Graham Miller   

Child Protection Option 2014

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This year, entries by children have the option of not having their address published on the website. The judges will have your address, so fear not dear 'crow-smiths as your 'crow will still be in the running for a prize.

If necessary, with approval from your local school, scarecrows may be judged and viewed in the school grounds.

You can also request the removal of the address of your child's scarecrow entry from previous years.

If you would like further information please contact your town coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 16:37
 
How to Enter 2014
Written by Graham Miller   

How to enter the 2014 Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival

If you want to be in the running for awards and prize money in this year’s festival, then you need to register your scarecrow. If not, you can just build your scarecrow and display it for fun. No one will harass you for that. The more scarecrows, the merrier.

You can register your 'crow through a registration centre (below) or on this website. Registration will put you in the running for prizes of $100 each for Traditional and Open categories, and $50 for Children's category.

We would like registrations to be submitted before the 12th of September 2014.

  • Conondale / Crystal Waters Registration Centre - Conondale Shop
    Contact: Wendy Shalley (07) 5494 4516
  • Kenilworth Registration Centre - Kenilworth Information Centre
    Contact: (07) 5446 0122
    Kathy Mullins 0458 047 272
  • Carters Ridge/Ridgewood Registration Centre
    Contact: Victor & Helga (07) 54479288
  • Brooloo / Imbil Registration Centre - Mary Valley Traders (Hardware Store)
    93 Yabba Rd, Imbil
    Contact: Jo Robey (07) 5484 5178
  • Kandanga / Amamoor / Dagun Registration Centre - Kandanga Information Centre
    Contact: (07) 5488 4605
    Nicky Watson (07) 5484 3010
    Lyn Hughes 0409 382 868

Scarecrows must be on display by 15th September 2014 ready for the town judges

The towns that enter the competition will judge their local scarecrows from the 16th Sept to the 19th September, and present 1 finalist in each category to the valley wide judging which will happen between the 20th and 25th September 2014. The Mary Valley awards will be presented to the winners at the Mary River Festival in Kandanga on the 8th November 2014.

Registered scarecrows will be:-

  • Entered in one of 3 categories; Traditional, Open, or Children’s.

  • Displayed on a Google Map (with photo if supplied).

  • Added to the 2014 pages of the scarecrows.org.au web site with photo & lyric if supplied.

What to do:

  1. Plan what scarecrow you are going to build.
  2. Choose the location for your scarecrow. It will be quite acceptable, and even recommended, for several scarecrows to be grouped in a good viewing location.
  3. Register your scarecrow with a centre or town contact close to where you live. Forms are available from each town or cut out the form from a recent edition of the Mary Valley Voice. Otherwise, use the entry form on this website.
  4. Receive your laminated registration number to display on your scarecrow.
  5. You can optionally write a poem, limerick, or some short story that adds to the character of your scarecrow. Just think about what you want people to think about your scarecrow and attach it to your ’crow.
  6. Have your scarecrow in place by the 15th September 2014 and place your registration number on the scarecrow.
  7. If you are able, take up to 3 photos of the scarecrow in its place to show off your unique design and send them to your registration centre, or submit them using the online form on the right hand side of this website. We would suggest you stand back a bit and take one from the best angle to take in the surrounding scene. Then get closer and take one from the front and perhaps the side. The registration number must be visible in one of the photos.

Good luck and have fun.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 11:39
 
"Adopt a scarecrow" option for this year's festival
Written by Kaili Parker-Price   

You don't have to live in the Mary Valley to join scarecrow fun

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.

Round bale scarecrowThis 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.Ghostly gowns

"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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.scarecrows.org.au

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 20:47
 
Spring ushers in another season of Scarecrows
Written by Kaili Parker-Price   

Hans and ClaudiaWith spring comes the energy of new life and the Mary Valley strips away winter with a blast of creativity known as the Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival.

No longer just functional statues to scare the birds off the crops, these new generation beings can surprise and delight.

Scarecrow spotting is the name of the game, as visitors travel country roads looking for straw creatures, arty sculptures and other creations honouring the age old tradition of building scarecrows.

Scarecrow season opens on September 15, 2014, with the 'crows heading off mid October.

It's been a part of the Mary Valley scene since the late '90s, and you can find scarecrows from Conondale and Kenilworth through the coast hinterland north to Dagun.

It's a great excuse to pack a picnic and tour through Mary Valley Country.

Inquiries

Ph: (07) 5484 3010 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

When

September 15, 2014 – October 17, 2014

Where

Mary Valley, S.E. Queensland

Cost

This is a free event

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 20:26
 
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Register Your Scarecrow

To enter your scarecrow in the Mary Valley Scarecrow competition you can:-

  • complete the form below and submit your entry electronically, or
  • pickup an entry form from your town coordinator and return it to a registration centre near you.

You will receive a registration number to attach to your 'crow.

Your scarecrow must be displayed within the Mary Valley

Once you have your number and attached it to your 'crow, if possible, take a digital photo of your entry and upload it using the form below this one.

When entering, you must choose a category. Traditional is the old 'arms out' style. Open is for artistic or other styles.
In the above box, type the bold letters & numbers you see in the image beside it.
It let's us know you're really one of us human beings.

Submit Your Photo

Please submit your scarecrow entry photograph

Checklist:

  • Have you received your registration number?
  • Have you attached it to your scarecrow?
  • Have you taken a photo of showing the number?

OK, you're ready to send us the photo using the form below.

In the above box, type the bold letters & numbers you see in the image beside it.
It let's us know you're really one of us human beings.

Major Sponsor

This website is provided courtesy of:
Web Enhanced Solutions
For the benefit of our local community.

Sponsors

We would like to thank the following sponsors:-

Kenilworth Hotel

Kandanga Snack Bar

Kenilworth Friendly Grocer logo

Johanna Designs
Elizabeth Street, Kenilworth

Kandanga Country Club

The godddess emporium


Mary Valley Inc for hosting the website.

Mary Valley ARTSlink for auspicing the project, and assistance with printing & promotion.

Mary Valley Traders for lamination of registration numbers.

The perpetual Artistic Category Trophy was brought to you by:
Cedar Creations
Jack Wilms - Artist
cedarcreations.com.au
Phone: (07) 5472 3996

And Kaili Parker-Price for all sorts of assistance including photography, story writing and information dissemination.

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