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The dictionary describes a scarecrow as

Noun: An object, usually made to resemble a human figure, set up to scare birds away from a field where crops are growing.

Scarecrows have been used by farmers since the start of farming practices, in an effort to keep predators (usually birds) away from their crops, hence the name 'scare crows'.

As farms grew in size and farming practice changed, post World War II, it was decided that the scarecrows did not were and most scarecrow were discarded in favour of chemical warfare, spraying and dusting their crops with all sorts of chemicals.

Today, whilst some small farm holdings still use scarecrows, and they can often be seen in home garden allotments, it looked like most scarecrows would need to retire.

However, many countries around the world still use scarecrows and with the interest in natural farming methods, scarecrows offer an environmentally friendly way of protecting your crops and plants, without having to resort to sprays and traps.

The interest in scarecrows has now reached new heights beyond their scary use in modern day horror movies. They have found a place in some fun filled annual events held not only in Australia but in various countries around the world. Most of these festival events celebrating the scarecrow are held in the "fall", most events here in Australia are held over a weekend in October, although there are some festivals that run for longer, being held during the September/October period.

There is a great article about 'The History of Scarecrows'.

Following are some of the scarecrow festivals and events held in Australi.

 

Scarecrow Events - Australia

Location Event

Deepwater,
New South Wales
Deepwater NSW Scarecrow Festival
• First weekend of November until the second weekend of November
• The Deepwater Scarecrow Festival is a time Deepwater comes alive with scarecrow creations. Displayed along front yards, farm gates and shop fronts. Visitors can grab a copy of the Scarecrow Trail Map from local shops to help them navigate along the trail and in doing so will discover some of the local hidden attractions.

Kurrajong, Blue Mountains, New South Wales Kurrajong Scarecrow Festival
• October
• Since 1997 the Festival has grown from a small event to one of the major cultural events of the Hawkesbury.

Each year over six thousand people visit the picturesque village of Kurrajong to enjoy all the festival has to offer. The festival has something for everyone, with lots of family fun and include: local schools performing, children’s drawing competition, live music and buskers, dancing, puppet show, doggy fancy dress competition, the famous ‘Scarecrow Cup’, food and craft stalls, and much, much more.

This is a great weekend for both locals and visitors of all ages. For the latest information visit the Kurrajong community website.

Mary Valley, Queensland Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival
• September/October
The Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival began in Maleny in 1998. In a setting behind Queensland's glorious Sunshine Coast, one of the best scarecrow festivals around Australia has happened during early spring almost every year since the late 90s. It now runs from mid September until the late in October.

Conondale and Kenilworth joined in to the fun the year after its humble beginnings. Since then it has spread down the Mary Valley to include Brooloo, Imbil, Ridgewood, Kandanga, Amamoor, and Dagun.

Milton - Ulladulla,
New South Wales
Milton Scarecrow Festival
• June long weekend
• The community of Milton invites everyone to our annual Milton Scarecrow Festival on Saturday and Sunday of the June long weekend. There are lots of scarecrows, real and live... markets, farm yard animals, jumping castle, family bbq, rides etc.

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria Mornington Peninsula Scarecrow Festival
• September/October
The Scarecrow Festival and Trail is a local event that celebrates the passion and creativity of Mornington Peninsula’s hinterland.

A month long celebration that involves a unique touring Trail of Scarecrow creations, a Scarecrow market event and a program of Scarecrow special offers. Both community and businesses offer their own interpretation of the Scarecrow in its natural setting: whether it is the farm gate, the school fence, the cellar door or the shop window. Visitors can sample a scarecrow special, are given a touring map and have a chance to vote on the Peoples choice award for best entry.

Tamborine Mountains, Queensland Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival
• October
The Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival is an annual welcome-all event for families and everyone who enjoys some fun and a great week-end in our very special environment just over an hour from Brisbane and 30 minutes from the Gold Coast.

The first Scarecrow Festival was held in 2008 and has been growing each year as more local residents, school students and business owners join in the challenge, and fun, of building and exhibiting a scarecrow.

The Scarecrow Festival gives locals and residents the opportunity to explore the Scarecrow Trail and enjoy the Mountain’s charming cafes, handicraft and antique shops, art galleries and wineries.

   
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