Mack and Tina McPherson can’t wait to see the creative scarecrows that will inhabit Tinaberries strawberry farm over the next few weeks; and (inset) Mack with his entry in last year’s Strawbodies in the Strawberries.
Mack and Tina McPherson can’t wait to see the creative scarecrows that will inhabit Tinaberries strawberry farm over the next few weeks; and (inset) Mack with his entry in last year’s Strawbodies in the Strawberries. Scottie Simmonds

Creations arrive at strawberry farm

A COLLECTION of “wild, groovy and cool” creations is about to spring up all over a Bundy strawberry farm.

But they’re not weird and wonderful new varieties of the tasty winter fruit.

They’re scarecrows, or more accurately, strawbodies and they’ll make their annual pilgrimage to Tinaberries strawberry farm very soon.

Tinaberries has invited schools, families, individuals, businesses and organisations to unleash their inner creativity by designing and decorating their own scarecrow for the annual Strawbodies in the Strawberries competition.

Farm owner Tina McPherson said the contest had attracted 14 entries last year and, with nine in the bag already, the 2011 version is already poised to pushed the traditional scarecrow boundaries.

“One of the winners last year was a Ned Kelly scarecrow by Carinbundi Post School Services. He was a bushranger named the Berry Rustler,” Mrs McPerson said.

“It was very creative; it was a horse with a bushranger on the back.

“It was really groovy.”

Mrs McPherson said the Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Centre also won a category for their Jack and Jill scarecrow pair.

“We have had all sorts of crazy scarecrows like a red back spider and ones made from hay bales,” she said.

“Last year we had a pig that was made from a hay bale and painted pink.

“We also had a dragon.”

Strawbodies in the Strawberries is an initiative to support and promote responsible and sustainable food production.

The scarecrows will be displayed at Tinaberries during September.

Mrs McPherson said schools even combined their involvement in the competition with an excursion.

“Students pick their own strawberries and learn a bit about the processes of picking and packing them.

“It is also a great way to get people in town involved in the farms.

“This is a way for people to experience a farm and to get in touch with the farming that is happening all around them.”

Entries are open until August 31 with scarecrow frames available for a $10 deposit. There are $1300 in prizes up for grabs in a number of categories.

Call 4159 3001 or email for details.



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