Scarecrow Festival grows again
‘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.