The scarecrow trail
3 February 13
In the lead-up to the Middleton Country Fair in February each year, the Channel Highway north and south of the small village of Middleton comes alive with a parade of scarecrows. They’re sitting on fences, tied to signposts, alongside letterboxes and posted in front gardens. It’s well worth the slow, winding drive south from Hobart just to see the variety of scarecrows that the locals have devised.
At yesterday’s fair, the scarecrows were judged within three categories: traditional, contemporary and the people’s choice. In looking over the thirty entries, it seems that humour is more important than craftsmanship.
This sort of competition allows creative engagement from a wide range of community members. Some scarecrows were constructed by children, others were sponsored by businesses with a budget. It’s great to see a community enthusiastically engage in an activity like this, and it inspires me to one day enter our own family’s creation in a similar competition too!