Fes­ti­val scares up some fun

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARAH DEAN

Scare­crows – some of the liv­ing va­ri­ety – took over Pfeif­fer Wines at the long week­end for the Pfeif­fer Wines Scare­crows Sausages and Shi­raz fes­ti­val.

The third an­nual fes­ti­val at­tracted 23 en­tries in the scare­crow com­pe­ti­tion, up on 19 last year.

Man­ag­ing Part­ner for Pfeif­fer Wines Chris Pfeif­fer said the fes­ti­val was a great way for the win­ery to in­ter­act with the com­mu­nity.

“We have en­tries from schools, busi­nesses, com­mu­nity and youth groups,” he said.

“They have all put in a lot of time and work.”

Mr Pfeif­fer said it was a great ac­tiv­ity for the schools.

“The art teacher at Lowes­dale said the kids learnt to sew and plait to com­plete their en­try, which is great to see,” he said.

Judges for the day were Jenny and Mal­colm Campbell from Camp­bells Wines.

Mr Campbell, with his many years of vine­yard ex­pe­ri­ence, voted for the scari­est scare­crows to en­sure they per­formed when placed into the vines early next year.

En­tries came from How­long, Corowa, Ruther­glen, Al­bury and Yar­ra­wonga.

Win­ner of Best Scare­crow was Ruther­glen Pri­mary School – Grade 6.

The same en­try took out Best School/Youth Group.

Best Busi­ness/Or­gan­i­sa­tion Scare­crow went to Cum­mins Lane Jew­ellers in Corowa, while Peo­ple’s Choice Award went to First Ruther­glen Joey Scouts.

There was also a sec­tion for the Best Dressed Liv­ing Scare­crow.

In the adult sec­tion the win­ner was Jor­dan from Can­berra, while the Best Dressed Liv­ing Scare­crow – Youth Award – went to Tess and Hunter da Sil­veira.

Schools were awarded a cash prize, while adult win­ners took home wine.

Pfeif­fer Wines will store the scare­crows un­til early 2018 and then they will be put out amongst the vines to get on with their pri­mary job, which is scar­ing the birds away from the win­ery’s pre­cious grapes as the fruit ripens.

Corowa’s Jan John­ston en­joyed the fes­ti­val with some of her fam­ily vis­it­ing from Mel­bourne.

“My grand­son is five years old and he is walk­ing around and look­ing at all the scare­crows, he is tak­ing a great in­ter­est in it,” she said.

Corowa’s Jan John­ston with her fam­ily from Mel­bourne Louis Del Rio, 2, Frank Del Rio and Miguel Del Rio, 5, with the en­try by Cum­mins Lane Jew­ellers that won Best Busi­ness/Or­gan­i­sa­tion Scare­crow.

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