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Meet the scarecrows on the Mornington Peninsula
Gender wars? Last year's scarecrows. If only Julia had seen what was looming.
This will be the third annual Scarecrow Festival and it is becoming a particularly lovely tradition that highlights the creativity and inventiveness of the lucky locals who call the Mornington Peninsula home.
Everyone is in on it - grandmas, school children, tourist organisations, art galleries - all creating zany and incredible scarecrows that get increasingly more bizarre each year.
If they want to make a political comment about a political punch up well why not? And just maybe a politician who wears budgie smugglers needs a good beating anyway.
Then they create a touring trail so you can view their creations. Following this takes you to all kinds of tucked away galleries, farm-gates, orchards, cottages, mazes and cafes. The path will take you from Moorooduc to Merricks, from Red Hill to Shoreham, from Main Ridge to Arthurs Seat.
They run a competition amongst themselves for the best scarecrow and the winner receives the much coveted Scarecrow Trophy plus there is a prize of $250.
Many of the local businesses get into the spirit of the occasion by offering scarecrow specials. You will find deals on accommodation packages, mazes, wine, spa services not to mention scarecrow inspired dishes at local restaurants.
Visitors can grab a copy of the Scarecrow Trail Map downloaded from the festival website closer to the date.