From the weird to the glamorous to the downright creepy, scarecrows will soon begin popping up throughout the region.
Scarecrows have become a centrepiece of the Barossa Vintage Festival and with special 70th anniversary celebrations planned, 2017 is set to feature a myriad of magnificent handcrafted figures sprouting around the region in the coming weeks.
The Barossa Herald – official media partner of this year’s festival and presenting partner for the Scarecrow Trail – is also planning its own scarecrow.
“We’re excited to be helping to present this fun, creative event which has been part of the Barossa Vintage Festival since I was child – and well before then!” editor Carla Wiese-Smith said.
“It’s a tradition that brings the community together in so many ways, so it’s quite fitting that the Herald – which has been serving the Barossa community since 1908 – is part of it.
“We can’t wait to see some of the weird and wonderful creations that will undoubtedly start appearing across the region soon.”
Fellow event partner Tim Smith, of Tim Smith Wines, is also gearing up for the festival favourite.
“The Scarecrow Trail is synonymous with the Barossa Vintage Festival,” he said.
“It’s a great opportunity for locals to have a bit of fun and an easy way to get involved with the festival – and there’s nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition too!”
Free registrations are now open online and are set to close early March, with the creator of the most popular scarecrow – as voted online at barossaherald.com.au – winning a case of Tim Smith Wines.
Organiser Taryn Wills encouraged people to register sooner rather than later.
“Start thinking about making and creating, as part of that you’ll join the Scarecrow Trail and hopefully people will hop in their cars, hop on their bikes and cruise around during the festival and take in all the weird and wonderful scarecrows,” she said.
The Scarecrow Trail will be depicted on a map that may be collected from the Barossa Visitor Centre, the Herald office or barossavintagefestival.com.au during March and April.
- Scarecrow Colouring Competition, p32