This year’s scarecrow trail was a great success and the streets of Methven were busy all school holidays with groups of trail followers taking advantage of good holiday weather to find and identify the 35 wonderful creations representing famous children’s story book characters.
The fantastic Methven iSite staff, who sold the trail maps, estimate that over 2000 people took part in the trail this year and in addition to the hundreds of locals from the Methven and Ashburton areas, there were many family groups who came from Christchurch and visitors from other parts of New Zealand and overseas, saying how lucky they felt to have their visits coincide with such a cool holiday activity.
Congratulations and thanks to all who made scarecrows for this year’s trail. There were some magnificent and creative characters and participants in the trail loved the excitement of finding then trying to work out the diverse characters.
The prize for the best scarecrow, as voted by those who took part, is The Gruffalo (created by Deidra O’Shea from Our Lady of the Snows). This fantastic creation was a little hard to find but a clear winner!
Second place went to Hairy Maclary & Scarface Claw (Cheryl Irwin) and third place to Clifford (Ashburton Intermediate).
Other top five certificates are awarded to BFG (Methven Pippins) and Mr Tickle (The Davies family), and top ten certificates to Wal & Dog (The Peek family), Fantastic Mr Fox (Hannah Kidd), The Lorax (Methven Primary School), Stickman (Pinedale Lodge) and Tigger & Eeyore (Ashburton Intermediate).
The Judges’ Choice award this year went to Wal & Dog created by the Peek family. The attention to detail in the two characters was excellent and was enhanced by the great accessories such as the rugby ball, the beer bottle and the magpie (and the fittingly located New Zealand flag in the background!)
Most trail participants correctly guessed all these characters but there were certainly a few tricky ones this year that added to the challenge and a bit of help from Google was
employed by quite a few groups. Over 50% of the Entry forms were returned and there were 12 correct entries.
A police draw from the correct entries selected the lucky prizewinner Jacob Hallenstein aged 6 who did the trail with Alicia Jackson and Sienna McGinity, both aged 10.
Methven Primary School is the recipient of the proceeds from this year’s Scarecrow Trail Maps.
Photographs of all the scarecrows, with the names of the characters they represent, are posted on the Methven Scarecrow Trail Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MethvenScarecrowTrail.
The organisers of the Scarecrow Trail, Karyn Robertson and Gillian Heald thank all those who supported and participated in this year’s event. Special thanks go to Viv Barrett for his continuing efforts with the hay bale signs.
Our amazing sponsors: Nor’west Arch, Brinkley Resort, Philip Wareing Ltd, Four Square Supermarket, Methven Mt Hutt Guide and Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre.