Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival

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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.

"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

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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.


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


September 15, 2014 – October 17, 2014


Mary Valley, S.E. Queensland


This is a free event

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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.

Photo Upload

Please submit your scarecrow entry photograph


  • 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.


We would like to thank the following sponsors:-

Kenilworth Hotel

Kandanga Snack Bar

Kenilworth Friendly Grocer logo

Johanna Designs
Elizabeth Street, Kenilworth

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
Phone: (07) 5472 3996

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

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