Scare­crow Fes­ti­val grows again

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SI­MON GINNS

‘Re­cy­cle­crow’ is the creation of the 1st Ruther­glen Joey Scouts, with their en­try also win­ning the Best School / Youth Group Scare­crow.

In its fourth year, the an­nual fes­ti­val con­tin­ues to grow in pop­u­lar­ity. The scare­crow com­pe­ti­tion this year at­tracted 40 en­tries, 17 more than last year. En­tries came from Corowa, Ruther­glen, Wah­gun­yah, Wodonga, Al­bury and Chiltern.

Kirsten Pick­er­ing won in the Best Busi­ness/ In­di­vid­ual/Or­gan­i­sa­tion cat­e­gory with ‘Gaia’, while Hunter and Tessa da Sil­ve­ria won Best Dressed Liv­ing Scare­crow in the youth cat­e­gory.

There were no en­tries in the adult cat­e­gory this year.

The Peo­ple’s Choice Award went to ‘Sheila’ which was en­tered by Corowa and Dis­trict S.H.E. Shed.

This year, Artist in Res­i­dence, John Tay­lor had the dif­fi­cult task of se­lect­ing the win­ners.

The Orig­i­nal­ity, cre­ativ­ity and artis­tic merit of each en­try was a pri­or­ity for Mr Tay­lor. He also had to con­sider whether each scare­crow would last in the tough en­vi­ron­ment of a vine­yard.

The sim­plic­ity, beauty and prac­ti­cal­ity of this year’s win­ner ap­pealed to Mr Tay­lor.

“It is mov­ing all the time. It’s just tin cans but I reckon it’s bril­liant, just fan­tas­tic - it re­ally got me,” he said.

Pfeif­fer Wines will store all the scare­crows un­til early next year. They will then go to work in the vine­yards scar­ing birds away from this year’s har­vest.

A glit­ter­ing metal bird has won best scare­crow at this year’s Pfeif­fer Wines Scare­crows Sausages and Shi­raz Fes­ti­val.

Bat­man by Wah­gun­yah Pri­mary School can keep him­self en­ter­tained with a book when there are no birds to scare away.

The en­tries in the 2018 Pfeif­fer Wines Scare­crow com­pe­ti­tion made sure that the Scare­crows Sausages and Shi­raz Fes­ti­val was a “bird free” event.

‘Gaia’ by Kirsten Pick­er­ing won in the Best Busi­ness/In­di­vid­ual/Or­gan­i­sa­tion cat­e­gory.

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