Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival 2014

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Festival Dates Friday 17th – Sunday 19th October 2014.

Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival -- Prizes - Live Music - Family Fun - Arts & Craft - and more...

The Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival is an annual event to celebrate the great lifestyle we enjoy on the Mountain and want to share with our visitors. It is essentially a huge Sculpture Show with the subjects being Scarecrow related!

Everyone and anyone is encouraged to make a scarecrow and display it on the 'Spot the Scarecrow Discovery Trail' or in front of their homes or businesses. The Scarecrows on the Discovery Trail can compete in several categories, for great prize money and local fame. Young, old, clever and artistically-challenged all participate and the result is hundreds of scarecrows that have to be seen to be believed.

The competitions aren’t confined to Scarecrows – there's colouring, poetry, entertainment and performance art, so there really is something for everyone. Exploring the Scarecrow Trail and spotting the scarecrows is best done at a leisurely pace so you can enjoy everything Tamborine Mountain has to offer on this special weekend.

On Friday October 17th, the scarecrows need to be out very early – ready for the teams of judges to inspect and decide on winners.


Festival Dates - Friday 17th – Sunday 19th October 2014.


2014 Scarecrow Festival Schedule

Friday 10th October
Entries for the poetry and colouring competitions close at 12.00 pm

Sunday 12th October
Poetry entry recitals at Marks & Gardner @ Secret Garden 3.00 pm.

Friday 17th October
All Scarecrows competing are to be out on the Discovery Trail by 10 am ready for the teams of Scarecrow Judges.

Saturday 18th October
Scarecrow Display all day

10am – 2 pm - Entertainment along Main St

Sunday 19th October
Scarecrow Display all day

10 am – 4 pm - Entertainment throughout Gallery Walk
4 pm – Entertainment @ The Brewery and Presentations of Prizes.

PRIZES, PRIZES & PRIZES

Thanks to our EX-STRAW-DINARY Sponsors for 2014. An Excellent reason to Shop Locally to support the great businesses who support the Festival.

Scarecrow Competition participants - Instructions - please register your scarecrow display before Friday 12 October and on Friday 17 October make sure your scarecrows are securely in place early in the morning so that they are ready for judging and early-bird visitors.

You are also encouraged to leave your scarecrows in place for the whole of the following week for more visitors.

But it's not just the scarecrows in competition – there's colouring, poetry and entertainers and the value of the sponsorship encourages so many people to enter!



Our Wonderful Sponsors for 2014

Best In Show
$500.00
GoTambo
Best By An Association/Services Club
$250.00
The Old Church
Best By A Business
$250.00
Heritage Estate Winery
Best Celebrity
$250.00
Jasmin Organics
Best Creative
$250.00
Witches Chase Cheese Co
Best Traditional
$250.00
Avocado Sunset B&B
Best By A Primary School Or Kindy
$250.00
Granny Mac's Fudge Store
Best By A Family
$250.00
Mark's & Gardner Secret Garden Gallery
People's Choice As Voted On Facebook
$250.00
Fudge Heaven
Highly Commended
5 x Rainforest Skywalk Family Passes
Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
Highly Commended
3 x Southern Cross 4WD Tours Vouchers
Southern Cross 4WD Tours
Highly Commended
1 x Thunderbird Park Family Pass
Thunderbird Park
Colouring Competition - Best Overall
$50 Gift
Koala Baby Organics
Colouring Competition - 3-5 years
$25 Gift Voucher
Flights of Fancy
Colouring Competition - 6-9 years
$25 Gift Voucher
Clemart Gallery
Colouring Competition - 10-13 years
$25 Gift Voucher
North Tamborine News
Poetry Competition - Best Scarecrow Festival Themed Poem
$50
Delma McCrea
Poetry Competition - Best by a Child (12 & under) Scarecrow Festival Themed Poem
$50
Delma McCrea

Our wonderful and generous Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival Sponsors for 2014...


Sponsorship Category Sponsor
Gold Fudge Heaven
The Glow Worm Caves
Silver Go Tambo
Bronze Avocado Sunset B&B
Granny Mac's Fudge Store
Heritage Estate Winery
Jasmin Organics
Marks & Gardner Gallery
Rainforest Skywalk
Southern Cross 4WD Tours
The Old Church
Witches Chase Cheese Company
Supporter Clemart Gallery
Delma McCrea
Flights of Fancy
North Tamborine Newsagency
Shon's Lost For Words
Thunderbird Park



A community project by the Tamborine Mountain Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc and proudly supported by the Scenic Rim Council Community Grants Program.

Registration Details


  1. Scarecrow Registration - Scarecrow Registration opens on Friday, September 26th and registration closes Monday 13th October.

    The Categories are...

    • Best In Show
    • Celebrity
    • Family
    • Traditional
    • Creative
    • Business
    • Primary School/Kindy
    • Association or Service
    • People's Choice as voted on Facebook

    Registration Forms may be picked up from the following locations..

    • Visitor Information Centre - Doughty Park, North Tamborine
    • Tamborine Mountain Library - Main St, North Tamborine
    • Granny Macs Fudge Store - Gallery Walk, Eagle Heights
    • Taste Buddies - Siganto Street, Tamborine Mountain
    • Carlo's Super IGA - Main Western Road, North Tamborine

    Registration is FREE, however you do not need to register to have a Scarecrow on the trail, but only registered Scarecrows will be eligible for prizes and MUST be displayed on the trail.

    Performers Registration Form

    Buskers are sought for the 7th annual Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival weekend.

    Performers are welcome to put out the hat/sell merchandise. If you would like to be included please complete and return either of the attached forms (TMSF Performers registration form 2014 PDF Version or TMSF Performers registration form 2014 Word Version by Friday 19 September 2014. Full details are on the form.

    Scarecrow Festival busking dates are Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th October 2014.

    Colouring Competition

    Registration forms for the Colouring competition will be available at the following collection points..

    • Visitor Information Centre - Doughty Park, North Tamborine
    • Tamborine Mountain Library - Main St, North Tamborine
    • Granny Macs Fudge Store - Gallery Walk, Eagle Heights
    • Taste Buddies - Siganto Street, Tamborine Mountain
    • Carlo's Super IGA - Main Western Road, North Tamborine

    Poetry Competition

    For the Poetry Competition, entries need to be dropped into one of the entry boxes at the collection points listed above, with your name & contact details.

    Colouring & Poetry competitions close Friday 10th October.

New 2014 Scarecrow Trail - bigger and better!

The Scarecrow Trail has been extended and with scarecrows peering down from trees, parachuting into gardens, hiding behind fences and climbing ladders to rooftops it's become 'Spot the Scarecrow Discovery Trail'. Plan to take your time so you don't miss the special something that every scarecrow has.

Map Scarecrow Festival Trail 2014

To view or print yourself a copy of the Scarecrow Trail, click (or right click & select) on this PDF link Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival Trail 2014 to open a large easy to read file that you can view or print.

Please use the Google Interactive Map below to find your way about Tamborine Mountain or get directions to and from your location.

Street Entertainment

This is some of the street entertainment fun from previous years – if you would like to be a part of the 2014 Festival entertainment please Email Us or call us now +61 7 5545 3595.

Performers Registration Form

Buskers are sought for the 7th annual Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival weekend.

Performers are welcome to put out the hat/sell merchandise. If you would like to be included please complete and return either of the attached forms (TMSF Performers registration form 2014 PDF Version or TMSF Performers registration form 2014 Word Version by Friday 19 September 2014. Full details are on the form.

Scarecrow Festival busking dates are Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th October 2014.

How To Make a Scarecrow

You or a friend could dress up and sit in a wheelbarrow or rocking chair OR .......

For a BASIC Scarecrow you will need:

For the Head - A 2 litre juice container, plastic bags, hessian bag, pillowcase, straw, bubble wrap, plastic bags, rags, straw for stuffing.
Wire, glue, rope/twine, safety pins, hat

For the Body skeleton - 2 Sticks of timber: such as brooms, rakes, mops, bamboo poles, garden stakes
Hammer & nail or glue or rope or pantyhose to make 2 sticks into a cross

For the Body - overalls, shirt, trousers, belt, jacket/vest
More stuffing
Gloves, boots

Instructions for a VERY BASIC Scarecrow.

  • Take the 2 pieces of timber and glue, nail or securely tie to make a 'cross'
  • The horizontal piece ( ---) will form the arms and the vertical piece( I ) will be the body - so keep that in mind when positioning the horizontal piece so your scarecrow has the right proportion of head and body, UNLESS you want him/her to look REALLY WEIRD.
  • If you use a broom or mop you will instantly have a face and hair!
  • The upper bit of the cross will support your scarecrow head. Make the head from an empty juice container secured onto the neck of the stick, or a plastic or Hessian bag or pillow case stuffed with rags, straw or bubble wrap, plastic etc.
  • The face can be drawn on with felt pen, or buttons, felt, milk bottle tops or stuff from a craft store.
  • When you are happy with the look of his head, tie, glue or wire this onto the neck of the cross.
  • Next is the body. The horizontal part of the cross are the arms. You can wrap stuff around them for stuffing, or put a shirt on first and stuff the shirt to get the shape you want (muscles, beer belly, curvy).
  • Secure the shirt to the trousers using safety pins, buttons, sewing, a belt or a rope. Put stuffing into the trousers for the shape you want. Tie the wrists and ankles so the stuffing doesn’t fall out.
  • Add gloves and boots, or sandals and socks, claws or flippers. . . .
  • Pop a hat of some sort onto your scarecrow head and you have the basic scarecrow. Congratulations if you stayed with us!


Next time you can really let your imagination go wild – visit your local op shop and keep an eye out for bits and pieces that make your scarecrow really WOWISH.

P.S. Ask permission from mum before you raid her wardrobe for great scarecrow dressups or she might get mad and look like a scarecrow herself!!

Go to Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival for lots of inspirational photo ideas!