Dorothy would certainly have her work cut out for her in the Grampians Wine region in May every year. There are more scarecrows there than you could poke a stick at. The annual Scarecrows in the Vineyard display is a marquee event of the Grampians Grape Escape Festival. Expert scarecrow builders from all over Australia enter their work to a set theme each year; 2007 was “Scarecrows at Work” and had to show “get up and go attitude” and be “vibrant and lively”. And the entrants are certainly entertaining. You wander through an amazing collection of around 30 scarecrows, all made with a great sense of fun and humour. The weird and wonderful collection is displayed at Garden Gully in the Grampians Wine Region for three weeks leading up to the Scarecrow Picnic on Sunday May 6, when the winners are announced. 

WHERE // Garden Gully Grampians Wine & Produce, 1477 Western Highway, Great Western, Vic. Check out www.montara.com.au for more.

DID YOU KNOW? // The origins of the scarecrow are a mystery, but scarecrow-like beings have turned up in ancient Greece, Rome and Japan.

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