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The 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.

Spring ushers in another season of Scarecrows
Written by Graham Miller   

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.


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September 15, 2014 – October 17, 2014


Mary Valley, SEQ


This is a free event

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 June 2014 17:18
Scarecrows for 2013 have come out to play
Written by Graham Miller   

Scarecrows have now come out to play across the Mary Valley. Individual creations by young and old and in between. There may even be some late arrivals, so we're told.

The registration centres have gathered the entry information and passed it to the scarecrow wranglers at head office. Almost all of the entries have been entered onto the website with address, owner name, and some extra info about the scarecrow. Most have photos as well. You can see them by using the 2013 Entries menu entry to the left.

For the enthusiast scarecrow spotters, you can obtain a list of scarecrow locations from the registration centres across the Mary Valley.Tatty kitty scarecrow entry for 2013

  • Conondale Registration Centre - Conondale Shop in the main street.
  • Kenilworth Registration Centre - Kenilworth Information Centre in the main street.
  • Ridges Registration Centre - Ridges Shop - Poulson Road
  • Imbil Registration Centre - Mary Valley Traders (Hardware Store) 93 Yabba Rd, Imbil
  • Kandanga Registration Centre - Kandanga Information Centre in the main street.

Over the last few days, the local town judges have been selecting their finalists for submission to the Valley wide judging. Its an exciting time for those locals whose scarecrows are selected to be judged by our celebrity judges, Peter Wellington MP and ABC Coast FM's Rob Blackmore during this next week.

So look out for the finalists as they appear on the website by the end of this Sunday (22nd September).

The organisers would like to wish all contestants the very best of luck.

Visitors Please Note: See links on left hand side of this website (2013 Entries and Scarecrow Map)

    Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 15:00
    Join the fun of the 2013 Scarecrow Season
    Written by Graham Miller   

    Mary Valley Scarecrows will ‘Come Out To Play’ from 14th September 2013 to 18th October 2013 within the Mary Valley.


    Once Scarecrow Season begins, keep an eye on the website for the Google Map, displaying scarecrow locations in the Mary Valley. Pack a picnic, pack the family in the car and come out to explore the Mary Valley and have lots of fun scarecrow spotting.

    Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival Diary Dates to Remember:

    • Registration Opens 15 August 2013
    • Scarecrows (Go on Display) ‘Come Out to Play’ 14 Sept - 18 October 2013
    • Town Judging: 16-22 Sept 2013
    • MV Overall judging: 23-28 Sept 2013

    Volunteers are working diligently in the background to get ready for the fun to begin.

    As we speak, living scarecrow artists are secretly beginning to plan the construction of their scarecrow creations. Registrations forms can be collected and scarecrow entries submitted at Registrations Centres from 15th August 2013:

    • REGISTRATION is FREE! (Let’s just have fun!)

    Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival

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    • Conondale / Crystal Waters Registration Centre - Conondale Shop
      Contact: Wendy Shalley 07 5494 4516
    • Kenilworth Registration Centre - Kenilworth Information Centre
      Contact: (07) 5446 0122
    • Ridges Registration Centre - Ridges Shop - Poulson Road
      Contact: Victor & Helga 07 54479288
    • Brooloo Registration Centre - Mary Valley Traders (Hardware Store) 93 Yabba Rd, Imbil
      Contact: Jo Robey 07 5484 5178
    • Imbil Registration Centre - Mary Valley Traders (Hardware Store) 93 Yabba Rd, Imbil
      Contact: Jo Robey 07 5484 5178
    • Kandanga Registration Centre - Kandanga Information Centre
    • Amamoor Registration Centre - Amamoor Shop
    • Dagun Registration Centre - Dagan Railway Station

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    Saturday 9th November 2013

    12 noon - 8pm

    Kandanga Recreation Grounds (Spicers Oval)bringing the mary river communities together to celebrate the wealth and abundance that the river brings to our region through drama, music, art, fun, education, environmental discussions and displays

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    20th September to 5th October 2013

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    Saturday 21st September 2013

    Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:52
    The 2012 Scarecrow Season
    Written by Graham Miller   

    We have come to the end of another very successful Scarecrow Festival Season.  Over 100 Scarecrows on display for 2012.

    Thankyou for all who joined in the fun.  Look forward to you joining us again in September 2013.

    • the scarecrow committee is a sub-committee of community group Mary Valley Inc – you can read about the group at
    • Other than the three categories – artistic, traditional and children’s – there are no rules!
    • Free to enter
    • Winners will be announced at the Mary River Festival on November 10

    Last Updated on Saturday, 21 September 2013 16:16
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    Major Sponsor

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


    • Web site design
    • Joomla customisation
    • SOBI2 Directory module configuration
    • Data and photo preparation and entry

    We also put in a great many hours of festival coordination.


    We would like to thank the following sponsors:-

    Mary Valley Inc for hosting the website, 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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