Hans and Claudia Annabranch Farm scarecrows from 2013

Hans and Claudia Annabranch Farm scarecrows from 2013

Now that spring is here, there’s an influx of straw creatures around the hills of the Mary Valley, all vying for a cash prize in the annual Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival.

Scarecrows come out of hiding on October 7, and will guard farm gates and village shops until the judges reveal the best of them on November 10 at the inaugural “harvest dinner” at Kandanga Farm Store. Some will even hang around for the Mary River Festival in Kandanga on November 11.

The scarecrow festival is great fodder for ‘crow spotting. There’s a map to lead you down country roads and discover new places. But it’s not all about the navigation: you can win $50 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. It’s a great excuse to pack a picnic and tour through Mary Valley Country.

The scarecrow map will be uploaded to Google on October 13, so that you can plan your self-drive tour. More details on the website www.maryvalleyartslink.com.au/mary-valley-scarecrow-festival