Scary ‘crows in the Valley
RADIO announcer Rob Blackmore never has to be asked twice to trip around the scenic Mary Valley chasing scarecrows.
He has regularly met 'crows on the ground and interviewed their "keepers".
On Tuesday he rang the Greer family at Imbil, before school, to ask them about their Campdrafter scarecrow entry featuring a cowboy on horseback chasing a steer. Then he jumped in the car to choose the best of the Mary Valley scarecrows from Kenilworth through to Amamoor.
The Campdrafter shared the Imbil artistic/open category win with Winning Smiles from Tonya Trewren at Brooloo.
Now is the time for you to hop in the car and go "scarecrow spotting" in Mary Valley Country as well, with the release of the Google map highlighting the location of all the entries and announcing the winners.
This springtime drive will take you past a range of scarecrows with intriguing names like Wonky Donkey, Boys Just Want To Have Fun and the faithful canine scarecrow Waiting for Wal.
But probably one of the most visited entries will be Glen 2 - The Dear Crow at Kandanga - a bigger and better replacement called in when the satanic deer Glen 1 was sadly stolen from the valley.
While you are in Mary Valley Country, don't forget to snap a selfie with as many different scarecrows as you can.
The Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival is offering a $50 cash prize for the person with the most selfies with the most scarecrows.
Just post the selfie photos to the Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival Facebook page and hashtag #mvscarecrows.
Organisers can't wait to see the results.
The festival runs until November 14, when winners will be presented their prizes at the Mary River Festival at Kandanga.
The community art organisation Mary Valley Artslink auspices the scarecrow festival. Inquiries to Heinke Butt on 0419 024291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
These winners now go into judging for the overall Mary Valley champions in each category.
Open Winners: A tie between Waiting for Wal by Kristie Hughes at 110 Farrel Rd, Kandanga, and Glen 2 The Dear Crow (after Glen 1 got stolen) by Crystal Rain Aylmer at 2 Knobby Glen Rd, Kandanga.
Traditional Winner: AM1 Hanging Out at the Blue and White Jug by Lisa Balalla at 10 Busby Rd, Amamoor.
Child: Shared between A Trio of Education Queensland's Finest and Polly, Jack, Gloppy, Daisy and Bob.
Open Winners: Shared between Campdrafter by the Greer Family at 1 Park Lane, Imbil (on the Kenilworth Kandanga Rd) and Winning Smiles by Tonya Trewren at 3770 Mary Valley Rd, Brooloo.
Traditional Winners: Lilly of the Valley by Lynda and Gary Rozinski at 10 Western Creek Rd, Imbil.
Child: Shared between The Wonkey Donkey of Mary Valley Childcare Centre at 35 William St, Imbil and Boys Just Want to Have Fun by Tom and Sam Bell at 4 Ray Myers Rd, Imbil.
Open Winners: Shared by Yowie by Jo McKenzie of Kenilworth Maleny Rd near Charlie Mooreland and Mermaid at 663 Kenilworth Skyring Creek Rd at Carters Ridge.
Traditional Winner: Dr Anstey at the Kenilworth Vet Shop 2/4 Elizabeth St, Kenilworth.