Scarecrows – some of the living variety – took over Pfeiffer Wines at the long weekend for the Pfeiffer Wines Scarecrows Sausages and Shiraz festival.
The third annual festival attracted 23 entries in the scarecrow competition, up on 19 last year.
Managing Partner for Pfeiffer Wines Chris Pfeiffer said the festival was a great way for the winery to interact with the community.
“We have entries from schools, businesses, community and youth groups,” he said.
“They have all put in a lot of time and work.”
Mr Pfeiffer said it was a great activity for the schools.
“The art teacher at Lowesdale said the kids learnt to sew and plait to complete their entry, which is great to see,” he said.
Judges for the day were Jenny and Malcolm Campbell from Campbells Wines.
Mr Campbell, with his many years of vineyard experience, voted for the scariest scarecrows to ensure they performed when placed into the vines early next year.
Entries came from Howlong, Corowa, Rutherglen, Albury and Yarrawonga.
Winner of Best Scarecrow was Rutherglen Primary School – Grade 6.
The same entry took out Best School/Youth Group.
Best Business/Organisation Scarecrow went to Cummins Lane Jewellers in Corowa, while People’s Choice Award went to First Rutherglen Joey Scouts.
There was also a section for the Best Dressed Living Scarecrow.
In the adult section the winner was Jordan from Canberra, while the Best Dressed Living Scarecrow – Youth Award – went to Tess and Hunter da Silveira.
Schools were awarded a cash prize, while adult winners took home wine.
Pfeiffer Wines will store the scarecrows until early 2018 and then they will be put out amongst the vines to get on with their primary job, which is scaring the birds away from the winery’s precious grapes as the fruit ripens.
Corowa’s Jan Johnston enjoyed the festival with some of her family visiting from Melbourne.
“My grandson is five years old and he is walking around and looking at all the scarecrows, he is taking a great interest in it,” she said.
“They have all done so well and it’s lovely to see schools get involved.”
Jan took a closer look at the entry by Cummins Lane Jewellers in Corowa.
“There’s a lot of work that’s gone into the face,” she said.
“I just love their sense of humour, it really radiates through.”