Noticed something a bit different around town lately? Maybe a bit more straw? A bit more colour popping up around shop-fronts, gardens, vineyards and fields? Yep, the Scarecrows are back! And this year there’s almost 70 of them, all hailing the start of the Barossa Vintage Festival.
Now running for ten years, The Scarecrow Trail has become a unique community art form. Lovingly hand-crafted using a range of materials, they have been devised and assembled by local children, families, wineries and businesses and range from the wacky to the extraordinary.
The community is asked to participate by voting for their favourite scarecrow in the ‘Peoples Choice’ category, with the most popular set to receive a $1000 travel voucher from Clarke and Turner Travel Associates. The winning scarecrow will be announced at Barossa Comes Home on 18 April at Tanunda Oval. Voting can be done by dropping a form into the Visitors Information Centre, or by taking a selfie with a scarecrow and uploading it to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #BVFscarecrow.
Some of the intriguing and eclectic characters along the Trail include: Clary Sage and The Droid in Angaston, Bill and Ben in Greenock, Watermelon Man and Witch Wine in Nuriootpa, Maggie the Milliner in Seppeltsfield, Lego Man in Stockwell and Craneford Cronies in Truro. Meanwhile Tanunda has gone hard with its contribution! From Bertha the Vintage Queen, Gondola Ride and Despicable to Granny and Papa with Harry the Dog, Jack’s Annual Bath, The Water Worrier and Yoska and Virag.
So, if you haven’t ever followed The Scarecrow Trail through the Barossa, this is the year to do it! Grab a car-load of friends and family or take the cycling route. You never know who you might see.
Scarecrow maps are available from barossavintagefestival.com.au/scarecrow
Barossa Vintage Festival:
66-68 Murray Street, Tanunda
T. 1300 852 982 (within Australia only) | +61 8 8563 0600
15 – 19 April, 9am-7pm