Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival 2017-10-15T11:36:09+00:00

2017 Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival

Have you heard the one about the scarecrow who didn’t eat? He was already stuffed!

Jokes aside, now that spring is here, there’s an influx of straw creatures around the hills of the Mary Valley, South-East Queensland, all vying for a cash prize in the annual Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival. NB: Registration form below for Mary Valley residents!

Scarecrows come out of hiding on October 7, and will guard farm gates and village shops until the judges reveal the best of them on November 10 at the inaugural “harvest dinner” at Kandanga Farm Store. Some will even hang around for the Mary River Festival in Kandanga on November 11.

The scarecrow festival is great fodder for ‘crow spotting, the fun game for visitors who travel country roads looking for straw creatures, arty sculptures and other creations honoring the tradition of building scarecrows.

There’s a map to lead you down country roads and discover new places. But It’s not all about the navigation: You can win $50 by taking a photo of yourself with as many scarecrows as possible in the Mary Valley between October 7 and November 11. Post the selfies on the Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival Facebook page and hashtag #mvscarecrows
You can find scarecrows from Conondale and Kenilworth through the Sunshine Coast hinterland north to Dagun, near Gympie.
It’s a great excuse to pack a picnic and tour through Mary Valley Country.
The locals will tell you that it’s all about fun. A few ‘crows have a distinct purpose in life, carrying on as their forebears did, protecting crops by scaring away the birds. But others are just there to dress up the paddocks and maybe even share the wry humour of the country folk who live in the Mary Valley all year round.
It’s how they deal with the seasons of country life – flood, drought and everything in between.
And even better, making scarecrows doesn’t cost an arm and a leg! You usually have the bones of a scarecrow in the shed – a broomstick, a bale of hay and some old clothes.
The scarecrow map will be uploaded to Google on October 13, so that you can plan your self-drive tour.
Inquiries to living scarecrow Lyn Hughes on 0409 382868 or email

My Scarecrow

By… Kaili Parker-Price

IMB14 – Hans and Claudia

Kaili produced a video: the making of her scarecrow. View it below.

To find out more about our competition guidelines, how to enter and what to do…

Click Here

To download an entry form Click Here



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)

Download Entry Form

Join in the fun and enter the Scarecrow Festival!

Download your entry form and then get on with the fun of making and displaying your 'crow
Download Entry Form

Scarecrow Map 2017

C24 - Harley
(31 Busby Street, Amamoor, Queensland, Australia)
C23 - Massey-a-car
(47 Main Street, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
C22 - Ghosty
(32 Main Street, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
C21 - Up the Creek Hairstyling
(110 Ofarrell Road, Kandanga Creek, Queensland, Australia)
C20 - Wild Thing
(510 Kandanga Creek Road, Kandanga Creek, Queensland, Australia)
C19 - Sleepy Head
(368 Kandanga Amamoor Road, Amamoor, Queensland, Australia)
C18 - Exterminator
(1 Pine Street, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
C17 - Tractor Flats
(93 Main Street, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
C16 - I Came Out to Play
(1 Greenoak Road, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
C15 - Bring On The Rain
(388 Kandanga Creek Road, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
C14 - The Bank Robber
(46 Main Street, Kandanga)
C13 - A Bronco Supporter
(1 Bowling Club Road, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
C12 - Mary Post Plastic Surgery
(1 Greenoak Road, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
C11 - Cheeky Charlie
(50 Main Street, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
C10 - Father of the Bride
(3 Pine Street, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
C9 - Shot Gun Wedding
(8 Pine Street, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
C8 - Blondie
(9 Main Street, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
C7 - Gone Potty
(1 Kandanga Amamoor Road, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
C6 - Missed the Bus
(9 Main Street, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
C5 - High Hopes
(449 Kandanga Creek Road, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
C4 - Bush Mechanic
(110 Ofarrell Road, Kandanga Creek, Queensland, Australia)
C3 - Bird Lady
(510 Kandanga Creek Road, Kandanga Creek, Queensland, Australia)
C2 - Our School Garden Sprite
(81 Main Street, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
C1 - Iron Man
(53 Main Street, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
B11 - Yeeha Gotcha
(3675 Mary Valley Road, Imbil, Queensland, Australia)
B10 - Echidna-kiddinya
(71 Sutton Street, Brooloo, Queensland, Australia)
B9 - Hey Dugee
(95 Yabba Road, Imbil, Queensland, Australia)
B8 - Scared Crow
(26 Callemonda Road, Brooloo, Queensland, Australia)
B7 - Killer Clown
(29 York Street, Imbil, Queensland, Australia)
B6 - Garlic Man
(1 Park Lane, Imbil, Queensland, Australia)
B5 - Mary Valley Emoji
(Edward Street, Imbil, Queensland, Australia)
B4 - Chicky In The Bush
(111 Bergins Pocket Road, Kandanga, Queensland, Australia)
B3 - Ernie
(12 William Street, Imbil, Queensland, Australia)
B2 - Milly Mahtma
(74 Ray Myers Road, Imbil, Queensland, Australia)
B1 - No Horse No worries
(3770 Mary Valley Road, Brooloo, Queensland, Australia)
A6 - Kym
(29 Elizabeth Street, Kenilworth, Queensland, Australia)
A5 - Ned and his mate
(38 Appaloosa Drive, Conondale, Queensland, Australia)
A4 - Gheerulla Folk
(2184 Eumundi Kenilworth Road, Gheerulla, Queensland, Australia)
A3 - Ken-L-Worth
(9 Elizabeth Street, Kenilworth, Queensland, Australia)
A2 - Occy
(415 Eumundi Kenilworth Road, Eerwah Vale, Queensland, Australia)
A1 - Con'N'Dale
(48 Appaloosa Drive, Conondale, Queensland, Australia)

Snap a Selfie Competition

Snap a selfie with lots of scarecrows and win $50 in our Facebook comp! You must hashtag #mvscarecrows

  • Take a photo of yourself with as many scarecrows as possible in the Mary Valley between the festival dates each year.
  • Post the selfies on Facebook and hashtag #mvscarecrows
  • Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival Facebook will share the selfies on its page.
  • Entrant with the most photos with different scarecrows by closing is the winner and collects $50. NB In the event of a tie, the decision is made at the discretion of the scarecrow committee.

Good Luck!

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Thanks everyone for this year’s festival- without your support it wouldn’t happen!
Just a reminder for local scarecrow creators, it’s now time to pack away those scarecrows until next year ...
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You might have guessed it, but we can confirm that scarecrow spotter Anita Mooney and her son have won our selfie competition, collecting $50 and a certificate. The experience also inspired them to make their own Santa scarecrow. Thank you for supporting our festival! ... See MoreSee Less

Winner of the 2017 childrens category—Our School Garden Sprite by Kandanga State School P&C

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.

The early days: When it began in 1998 in Maleny, the concept was to create a cultural event that would enhance Maleny’s distinctive rural qualities and offer a unique opportunity for the local and wider communities to express their creativity. It was difficult to imagine a more perfect setting for hundreds of artistic and whimsical scarecrows than the rolling emerald green hills of Maleny. The event was based on the creation and display of scarecrows throughout the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

The Festival coincided with the September school holidays to maximise the opportunity for families, the local community and visitors to participate in a wide range of activities.

In 1998 there were 110 scarecrows entered in the competition, with more than 200 on display throughout the region.

The organisers initiated relationships with other Scarecrow festivals throughout the world, including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe with the aim to seek international participation, with a view to expanding the cross-cultural elements available to the community.

The original organiser was Lyn Fellows, Festival Director 1998 to 2001. Lyn is a New Zealand born nationalised Australian living in the Conondale area with husband Ron. She was a wildlife carer, organic farmer, and writer, before embarking on a round the world trip by motor cycle.

Contact Us

The valley wide festival is coordinated by Heinke Butt.

You can get in touch with Heinke on 0419 024 291 or email:

Or mail to:

c/- Mary Valley Arts Link,
PO Box 124,
Imbil, Qld, 4570.

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Each town has their own committees that organise their local competition and choose their finalists:

Kenilworth/Carters Ridge/Ridgewood:
Kenilworth Information Centre, telephone (07) 5446 0122

Mary Valley Traders, Imbil, Jo Robey (07) 5484 5178

Kandanga Information Centre, telephone (07) 5488 4605 or Lyn Hughes 0409 382868

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