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The June long weekend is fast approaching and if you want to get away for a short break, and haven't decided where to go, then perhaps try Milton. Only three hours from Sydney on the South Coast, this township is again celebrating their annual Scarecrow Festival.

This year's theme is 'Vintage', 1940's to 1960's, and the town's people will display their scarecrows in front yards, schools and businesses. There are cash prizes for different categories, People's Choice and even, Best Dressed Living Scarecrow. You're sure to see some wacky creations hanging around guarding shops or on street corners. Scarecrows also travel from far to win prizes so, you too, can participate.

Milton Best Dressed Living Scarecrow
Source: Milton Scarecrow Festival Facebook page

Historic Milton Village will come alive on the Saturday with lots of activities for young and old. A pie baking and eating contest should provide some laughs as well as a gumboot toss. Scarecrow makeovers with crazy hair and face painting get you immersed like a local; games and rides, a jumping castle and petting zoo will keep the kids busy; and entertainment from The Shiralees, a folk/country duo, will get the adults swaying. Street theatre and other local talent provide dance, music and song.

A range of street market stalls, including food, will showcase local talent and produce. The village boasts art galleries and antique vendors, book shops, cafes and restaurants, fashion boutiques and home ware stores.

Milton Markets
Source: Milton South Coast NSW Facebook page

Lantern-lit, ghost walking tours run regularly on Saturday evenings from 7pm, where you experience the history and eerie tales of Milton. Meet host Charlotte, mistress of the Star Hotel, at the Cultural Centre to learn where the ghosts live and find out how the town really got its name. Cost is $25 per person.

Fill out your weekend away enjoying white sand beaches, coastal lakes, inlets and rivers, which are only a few kilometres away. Go on a fishing charter, play a round of golf or go for a bushwalk on one of the many trails. Day spas abound and will rejuvenate you.

Milton NSW
Source: Facebook pages - Milton South Coast NSW and Pigeon House Mountain

Views of dairy farms surround Milton as well as the iconic Pigeon House Mountain of the Budawang Ranges in Morton National Park. With lots to explore in and around this small town, you won't be bored. Close to Mollymook and Ulladulla, Milton is expanding due to people flocking there to live as part of a sea change.

Milton Scarecrow Festival
Source: Facebook pages - Milton Scarecrow Festival and Milton South Coast NSW

Whatever you do, have a great weekend.
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Why? For something different
When: 9am - 5pm
Where: Milton Village, Princes Hwy Milton
Cost: Free
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