Brooloo artist Sally Luchich loves to think outside the box for the annual Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival.
This year, glass of red wine in hand, she was contemplating her future entry for the competition.
In true Aussie style, she told me how she hated wasting good glass by throwing away the bottles.
“I was thinking of a creating a chandelier, but this was easier, and quicker,” the owner of Sutton Street Studio said.
Her collection of bottles was the result of more than three years of hoarding, and she was prepared to part with it - for artistic purposes!
“The beauty of this scarecrow is that I can reuse the bottles afterwards anyway,” Sally said.
This is her third scarecrow, and she claims the tongue-in-cheek fun of the festival was one of the attractions for her in buying a property in the Mary Valley region.
“When you stop by this scarecrow, drop in to my studio and gallery as well,” Sally urged. “Love my country lifestyle.”
She is just one of many Mary Valley residents vying for a cash prize in the annual festival, which is hosted by Mary Valley Artslink. The Mary Valley Chamber of Commerce came to the party with sponsorship for the 2017 event.
Scarecrows will be on display from now until November 10, with winners announced at the inaugural “harvest dinner” at Kandanga Farm Store.
You don’t have to enter to be a winner either. There is $50 up for grabs by taking a photo of yourself with as many scarecrows as possible in the Mary Valley between October 7 and November 11. Post the selfies on the Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival Facebook page and hashtag #mvscarecrows
You can find scarecrows from Conondale and Kenilworth through the Sunshine Coast hinterland north to Dagun, near Gympie.
The scarecrow map will be uploaded to Google on October 13, so that you can plan your self-drive tour.
Inquiries to living scarecrow Lyn Hughes on 0409 382868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More details on the website www.maryvalleyartslink.com.au/mary-valley-scarecrow-festival or Facebook www.facebook.com/Mary-Valley-Scarecrow-Festival