Organisers are bringing in reinforcements to get the 2010 scarecrow
season off the ground in the Mary Valley, with highly accomplished
papier mache sculptor Kate Baker scheduled to instruct a workshop on the
weekends of August 7-8 and August 14-15.
The Maryborough artist, whose scarecrows and successful workshops have featured in previous festivals, will host the workshops at Kenilworth and the event will kick off the 2010 scarecrow festival.
Rumour has it that the straw-coloured scarecrow folk have been re-grouping in the hills after their last onslaught in 2008, and they will "come out to play" on August 21.
A source close to the group said they will work their way through the Mary Valley from then until September 25, bringing the valley alive with quirky characters in time for visitors attending the Mary Valley Show on August 21, Kenilworth Show on September 18 and Kenilworth Celebrates! on September 25-October 2.
Mary Valley residents are urged to release their creative spirit for the 2010 scarecrow festival, with organisers hoping to top 100 entries this year.
Enter your crow in either the "traditional", "artistic", or "children" (aged 5-15 years) category.
Key organiser Graham Miller spoke from his Kenilworth base this week.
"This is a great opportunity to have some fun and dazzle our friends and visitors with our Aussie ingenuity," he said.
Its simple to get involved - just register your scarecrow in the local town of your choosing.
"Then make your scarecrow and have it in place where it can be easily seen from the road."
Scarecrows must be in place by August 21 which is the official opening of Scarecrow Season, and judging will take place from August 28-31.
Each town will have its own judges to choose the finalists to be entered in the Mary Valley finals. All finalists will receive a certificate.
Mr Miller said judges were not looking for the best construction or the most elaborate design.
"We will be looking for that wow factor.
"We just want to have some fun and its totally subjective.
"Well just let the judges worry about the reasons why they chose one over the other."
The presentations for finalists and winners will be held on Saturday September 25 at the Kenilworth Hall. Photos of the scarecrows will be on display for the following week and a "people choice" award will then be selected for each category.
If you cannot find your local scarecrow committee to register, contact Graham Miller on 5446 0100 or send an email to email@example.com
Graphics to the right: SCARECROWS RETURN: Quirky characters such as this example from the 2008 event are likely to pop up when you least expect them during the 2010 Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival which kicks off on August 21.
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