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Mt Tamborine's Annual Scarecrow Festival

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Say hello to Willy Wonka at The Chocolate Gallery
Last October a friend and I decided to take a drive to Mt Tamborine for a day out and what a wonderful day it turned out to be. What a pleasant surprise we had when we realised it was Mt Tamborine's Annual Mountain Scarecrow Festival - and it's on again this year from 17th to 19th October. The Festival is a celebration of the great lifestyle enjoyed by the townsfolk and their enthusiasm of wanting visitors to enjoy it too.

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Scarecrow Festival Mt Tamborine, a festival not to be missed

Each year the local community makes and displays scarecrows along a 17 kilometre trail stretching across the plateau. Local businesses, community groups, schools and families all join in the fun making scarecrows and competing for prizes in various categories such as Best Celebrity Scarecrow and Best Traditional.

[ADVERT]The competitions are not confined to scarecrows, there's also children's colouring and poetry competitions as well as entertainment and performance art. All scarecrows are put out early on the Friday morning as judging is undertaken that day. Last year scarecrows were found in trees, on the road, round the bends, in fact you never quite knew when another would catch your vision as you drove by.

The festival, which is in its seventh year, was the brainwave of The Tamborine Mountain Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The festival aims to bring the community and visitors together for a free, fun family oriented event. It draws an audience from across South East Queensland and many returning each year to enjoy the creativity and originality of the scarecrow exhibits across the various categories of competitions.

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Meet Scarecrow Curtis

Other events during the festival include a Scarecrow Dance on Saturday evening catering for all ages, local produce sales at the Green Shed in the Showgrounds, and roving entertainers who will be busking along Main Street on Saturday and along Gallery Walk on Sunday. Late Sunday afternoon the Awards Ceremony is held to present prizes to the winning scarecrow makers as well as the winners of the Poetry and Children's Colouring Competitions. This year the Awards Ceremony is sponsored by Fudge Heaven, Eagle Heights.

Put this exciting festival date in your diary as a must-do and take the challenge to explore the Scarecrow Trail, spotting all the unique scarecrows as you leisurely pace yourself around the Mountain. It is amazing the amount of effort in costumes and display the towns-people go to in preparing for this festival. I, for one, will definitely be back again this year.

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Stop by and have a cup of tea with Tea-pot Scarecrow

New owner of The Chocolate Gallery Michelle Lyon is gearing up for the event with Scarecrow Willy Wonka and his Oompa-Loompas sure to make an appearance for the festival. Michelle, a resident of Logan Village, travels up to Mt Tamborine every day and her enthusiasm for the Mountain, its people, community events and comradeship is what enticed her to purchase The Chocolate Factory approximately two months ago. Yet, The Chocolate Factory is just one of the business-houses and community alike that embrace this imaginative and special event. Don't miss your opportunity of being part of this unique festival.

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Scarecrow Trail Map & Sponsors
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Why? Annual fun event
When: 17 to 19 October 2014
Phone: 07 5545 3595
Where: 7 kilometre trail stretching across the plateau
Cost: Free
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