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 and Gympie region, one of the best scarecrow festivals around Australia has happened during early spring almost every year since the late 1990s.

It now runs from mid October until mid November.
2015: 24th Oct - 14th Nov

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.

Scarecrow season is now over
Written by Graham Miller   

Scarecrow season is now over

Best in ShowWell scarecrow season is over for another year. Please remember to put your scarecrows away for the summer, they only degrade and get very tacky looking! And you might want to re-use some of the materials for next year's competition.

We would also like to thank our sponsors for their assistance again this year

  • Twin Bunya Park
  • Mary Valley Traders
  • Mary Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Imbil Colonial Butcher

Winners announced for 2015
Written by Graham Miller   

Winners announced for 2015

And the 2015 Mary Valley winners are:

  • Artistic winner - The Dear Crow Glen II (KAN11) by Crystal Aylmer at Kandanga
  • Traditional winner – Mermaid (KEN2) by Lyn North at Kenilworth
  • Child winner - The Wonky Donkey (IM13) by Mary Valley Child Care at Imbil

Take a drive around Mary Valley Country and see them yourself - they are much better in real life!

The Dear Crow Glen IIMermaidThe Wonkey Donkey

Congratulations and we will see you at the presentations at the Mary River Festival on November 14 at Kandanga.

2015 Finalists
Written by Graham Miller   

Judges have chosen the 2015 Finalists

Waiting for WalWe have some fantastic finalists this year.

Congratulations to all our finalists in the 2015 Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival! You are now in the running for the overall Mary Valley prize in each category - $100 each in the traditional and artistic and $50 for the child entry, plus trophies all round. These will be presented at the Mary River Festival at Kandanga on November 14.

This one is "Waiting for Wal" at Kandanga, one of the great finalist.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 November 2015 09:24
Selfie Competition 2015
Written by Kaili Parker-Price   

Snap a selfie with lots of scarecrows and win $50 in our Facebook comp! You must hashtag #mvscarecrows

Snap a Selfie competition

You can win $50 by taking a  photo of yourself with as many scarecrows as possible in the Mary Valley between Oct 24-Nov 14. Post the selfies on Facebook and hashtag #mvscarecrows

Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival will post the selfies on its Facebook page, and the entrant with the most photos with different scarecrows by Nov 13 is the winner and collects $50.

Guidelines of selfie event:

  • Take a photo of yourself with as many scarecrows as possible in the Mary Valley between Oct 24-Nov 14 this year.
  • Post the selfies on Facebook and hashtag #mvscarecrows
  • Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival on Facebook will post the selfies on its page.
  • Entrant with the most photos with different scarecrows by Nov 13 is the winner and collects $50. NB In the event of a tie, the decision is made at the discretion of the scarecrow committee.
  • A slideshow of selfies will be displayed at the scarecrow stall at the Mary River Festival on Nov 14.

Good Luck!

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2015 08:25
How to Enter 2015
Written by Graham Miller   

How to enter the 2015 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). Registration will put you in the running for prizes of $100 each for Traditional and Artistic categories, and $50 for Children's category.

We would like registrations to be submitted before the 19th of October 2015.

  • 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
    Kenilworth Information Centre - see above
  • Brooloo / Imbil Registration Centre - Mary Valley Traders (Hardware Store)
    93 Yabba Rd, Imbil
    Contact: Jo Robey (07) 5484 5172
  • Kandanga / Amamoor / Dagun Registration Centre - Kandanga Information Centre
    Contact: (07) 5488 4605
    Christine Buckley 0405 105 702
    Lyn Hughes 0409 382 868

Scarecrows must be on display by 23rd October 2015 ready for the town judges

The towns that enter the competition will judge their local scarecrows from the 24th October to the 26th October, and present 1 finalist in each category to the valley wide judging which will happen between the 27th and 29th October 2015. The Mary Valley awards will be presented to the winners at the Mary River Festival in Kandanga on the 14th November 2015.

Registered scarecrows will be:-

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

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

  • Added to the 2015 pages of the 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.
  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 23rd October 2015 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. 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, 25 September 2015 14:55
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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:-

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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