Redcliffe Show Calls for Creative Community to Build Scarecrows

The Redcliffe Show Society will host its first-ever scarecrow competition, open to schools, local businesses, retirement homes, and community groups. Scarecrows must be designed with the theme “Reuse, Recycle, Regenerate” in mind.

Redcliffe Show Society President Philip Hood says the competition is a fun and engaging way to bring together people of all ages and walks of life in preparation for the annual event.

“The competition allows individuals to display their ingenuity and artistic abilities,” Hood explained. “We hope to see a wide array of unique scarecrow designs crafted from diverse, sustainable materials, adding a vibrant touch to the show.”

Scarecrow competition rules
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The contest challenges participants to fashion scarecrows using only recycled and sustainable materials, prohibiting the use of perishable items or pre-made faces and masks. The finished creations must stand independently and adhere to size limitations of 1.5 metres in height and 1 metre in width.

On the 26th of June, participants will have a 30-minute window to assemble and showcase their scarecrows in the horticulture pavillion. Registration for the competition, which is free to enter, closes on the 30th of May.

Scarecrow competition
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Prizes for the top two scarecrows include $100 and $50 gift vouchers, generously sponsored by Banjo’s Bakery CafĂ© Redcliffe.

Beyond the creative aspect, Hood emphasises the educational value of competition, particularly for younger generations.

“Many children may not know the traditional role of scarecrows in deterring birds from crops,” he said. “This competition offers a way to raise awareness about regional farming practices.”

The 75th annual Redcliffe Show, set to take place at the Redcliffe Showgrounds from the 28th to the 30th of June, is sure to be a highlight of the community calendar. The scarecrow competition promises to be a unique and engaging addition to the festivities.

Published Date 17-May-2024