If you think you've seen a scarecrow, think again. These works of art along the scarecrow trail of the Barossa Vintage Festival will attractively captivate your attention and interest. They showcase the creative flair of communities across this major wine-producing region.
Scarecrows began to appear on Sunday the 28th of March 2021 and will continue to be an integral part of festival celebrations for the next three weeks. The Barossa community has created a wide range of 180 scarecrows from the weird and wacky to the culturally significant. Each scarecrow is unique and the stories behind some are just inspiring.
Captain Ability at Nuriootpa presents a one-handed one-eyed scarecrow that has far greater abilities than his disability, with a parrot as his carer who is always with him. Be sure to stop and read the full poem attached to a fence in front of this particularly remarkable captain. In Tanunda, Owl is made from medication casings and insulin pens, which unveils how diabetes is scarier than a scarecrow. Needle caps, treatment debris and medication boxes have also been used to form its nest and eggs.
Other standouts in my mind include Felicity the Flower Lady, Bee Keeper, Elvis Presley, Pinocchio, Chequered and Nineteen Eighteen. There's even something for Adelaide Crows fans. Many schools, childcare and kindergartens joined in the trail as well, with an Angaston school displaying what appears to be the story of Easter in relation to its scarecrow. How timely is that!
So, if you'd like to witness this invasion of scarecrows across the Barossa for yourself, then download the map and follow the trail either in your car or on your bike. A hardcopy map can also be picked up from the Barossa Visitor Centre in Tanunda. And, last but not least - a useful tip - remember to look up when you can't seem to find a scarecrow as quite a few of them are actually mounted on rooftops.