New residents for Dookie

September 05, 2017

Lifestyle Dookie's Andrea Graham and Janie Christopherson stand next to their scarecrow whose appearance was inspired by Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis.

Lifestyle Dookie's scarecrow will inspire Dookie residents to join the fun in the Dookie Scarecrow Competition.

Scarecrows will be the talk of the town as they begin popping up across Dookie this month.

The Dookie Scarecrow Competition was first held in 2013 and managed to attract a great deal of attention, with Melbourne filmmaker Justin Evans even inspired to create Welcome To Dookie.

Lifestyle Dookie’s Wilma Lawrence came up with the idea to hold a scarecrow competition after reading about it in a 1992 issue of Country Style.

The competition started small but grew in popularity until many Dookie residents were creating their own scarecrows.

‘‘People had so much fun driving out here and looking at them,’’ Ms Lawrence said.

Now four years later, the group has decided to hold the competition again and is optimistic people will be keen to make scarecrows.

‘‘When you start having fun, other people just naturally join in,’’ Lifestyle Dookie’s Julia McKay said.

Ms McKay said each of the 46 scarecrows entered last time was different with some made from metal, straw or recycled trays.

With the sky being the limit for scarecrow designs, there will be a creative and traditional scarecrow category for the competition.

‘‘We’re hoping everybody will have a bit of fun. It only takes a bit of time, a bit of imagination and we’ve got lovely weather too for making scarecrows,’’ Ms McKay said.

Lifestyle Dookie group members recently gathered to make their own scarecrow, which will be displayed in the window of the Dookie Emporium to inspire people to give it a go.

The Dookie Scarecrow Competition will be held across September with entries judged in October.

All entries must be registered before Saturday, September 30. Entry forms can be collected from Dookie Emporium at 48 Mary St, Dookie.

Entry in the competition is free, but you must live within 15km of Dookie.

For more information, phone Julia McKay on 0438251001 or Andrea Graham on 0411663670.

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