Harvest Dinner and Awards Night Saturday Nov 19, 2016
Celebrate the close of Scarecrow season at our Harvest Dinner on the banks of Yabba Creek. Winners will be presented their trophies and prizes and can celebrate with Mary Valley Artslink members for the 2016 Christmas party.
Imbil RSL Hall, Yabba Road, Imbil
Adults $15, Children $10
History of the Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival
The inaugural Maleny Scarecrow Festival was a community event in 1998 that would celebrate the unique rural character of Maleny through the creation and display of scarecrows.
Since ancient times, scarecrows have been used throughout the world, not only to protect crops, but also in the belief that their presence would increase fertility and enrich the harvest. Lyn Fellowes was inspired by this artistic form of cultural expression. She sought assistance from Bob Burns, director of the Australian Festival & Cultural Events Group. With a small group of dedicated supporters, they committed themselves to developing a festival that would enhance community identify and compliment the rural landscape. The community responded enthusiastically by creating the magic and sharing the experience. Above all, the scarecrows touched everyone’s heart.
As time went by, the festival spread down the Mary Valley, through Conondale and Kenilworth. It had a break during the mid “naughties” (around 2006 I think), mainly due to the pressure placed on the community during the fight against the Queensland State Government over the ill fated Traveston Crossing Dam proposal.
In late 2009, the dam proposal was quashed by the Federal Government and the local community then set about reviving the festival (as the Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival). This was well received and towns from Crystal Waters in the south to Lagoon Pocket in the north rolled up their sleeves and created their querky creations a plenty. Thus the festival was re-established.
T-shape skeleton and straw body
(Image: Kandanga Witch & Wizard)
Anything that is an original idea
(Image: Ghostly Gowns by Jan Watt)
Children’s entries – 5-15 years
(Image: The Wonky Donkey by Mary Valley Child Care)