Who scares wins

The Hinterland Scarecrow Festival and Trail is on from September 16-October 3.

Appearing like magic just in time for the school holidays, scarecrows have been popping up in gardens, shop fronts, mazes and vineyards dotted around the Mornington Peninsula hills.

Everyone can join in the fun by building a scarecrow to add to the touring trail and win some great prizes, whether you live in the hinterland or not.

The scarecrows come in all shapes and sizes and this year they are either traditional or Aussie icon themed art installations made from hay bales, farmyard relics or papier-mache.

For a free day out with the kids you can drive around the hills and admire the scarecrows that have evolved into a community art form. Then vote for your favourite scarecrow online and play the ‘Spot the Scarecrow’ interactive game to win some great prizes.

The scarecrow trail map is also available on the mobile-friendly website or you can print it off before you leave home from www.scarecrowfestival.org.au

A special Scarecrow Festival Day will be held on Saturday, October 1, at the Red Hill Recreation Reserve from 9am-3pm, coinciding with the Red Hill Market. Pop in before heading off to see the trail.

Lively country music and hay bales will set the scene for your kids to enjoy free art activities and a live scarecrow competition. Dress-up clothing and free face painting will be available to give them a helping hand.

If you get your kids organised beforehand they can build their own traditional or Aussie icon scarecrow and enter the children’s scarecrow competition.  It just needs to be delivered the night before.  All the competition and event details are on the website.