Scarecrow Trail begins
Stratford Scarecrow Trail has officially begun, and people are hunting high and low through the Stratford districts for the straw-filled guardians.
The Stratford Scarecrow Trail runs until November 13 and is a muchloved annual scavenger hunt.
Friends and wha¯nau are encouraged to hit the trail together to find as many of the district’s scarecrows as they can.
The trail runs alongside the Taranaki Garden Festival, Fringe Garden Festival, and Arts Trail.
Kate Whareaitu, director of community services, says the Scarecrow Trail is a free activity that will appeal to those visiting the region for garden and arts festivals, as well as locals who have embraced the event.
“There are 86 scarecrows to find this year and these aren’t your regular scarecrows. The community has gone all out and the creativity that’s on display is outstanding. If you’re visiting Taranaki, nau mai, haere mai, welcome. Enjoy exploring our wonderful community. ”
The Scarecrows undergo their own judging, with prizes available across four categories, as well as for the best use of recycled materials.
Kate says there are great prizes on offer thanks to the generous support of Stratford New World, Fulton Hogan, Stratford ITM, and the Stratford Business Association.
Scarecrow hunters can pick up a trail map and entry form at Stratford Library and Visitor Information Centre, Council’s Service Centre, or online at Stratford.govt.nz/scarecrow. Completed entry forms for the Stratford Scarecrow Trail must be returned by Wednesday, November 16.