Kurrajong Scarecrow Festival

23 Oct

Today we drove out into the hills of the Hawkesbury to visit the Kurrajong Scarecrow Festival. As you would expect there were lots of delightful scarecrows to look at. These are made by the locals for the annual competition and you can tour the area following the Scarecrow Trail.

The event runs over the weekend but Sunday is the big day. In Memorial Park behind the main street of Kurrajong village you will find a market selling locally produced items and produce. We hunted down some beautiful tomatoes, capsicums and zucchini whilst the kids waited patiently for freshly spun pink fairy floss on a stick. It was bigger than their heads! We nibbled on asian pork dumplings and drank “free” coffee from the local church group who only asked for a donation to support their charity in Africa.

We made our way down the grassy hill to watch the performances by local school groups, a puppeteer and a troupe of jugglers. As the humidity cranked up we sought shade in the large playground and watched the kids swing, run and slide. Nearby kids were taking turns playing a giant version of Jenga and  Alpacas were spoiled by many patting hands.

Back at the market we were tempted by freshly made apple pie (famous in this region) and wood fired pizza. The kids made their own mini scarecrows with a lollipop, a square of fabric, wool and textas. But it was a lovingly set up stall selling hand-made soap that really caught my eye. I made a few purchases but now after browsing their online store I wish I had purchased more! Planet Yum don’t just make soap, its soap that looks like cupcakes, jellybeans, fairy wands or even easter eggs. They also make other bath products and soy candles. Here is a rundown of some of the cocoa butter cream soaps we picked out. Aztec Gold – a gold marbled bar dusted with gold mica it smells exotic and spicy. Santal – this is marketed as a men’s soap for its masculine musky scent, I love that it smells like an aftershave. Patchouli – blushed with rose colouring and dusted with gold mica, heady with that hypnotic incense signature. Since arriving home and leaving them on the bathroom vanity the room is mingled with their scent even though they are each encased in plastic wrap, damn it! Now I’m kicking myself that I didn’t at least buy a candle

On our way out of the Festival we supported the local Fire Brigade by purchasing some of their sausage sandwiches for the road. I was impressed with their converted trailer/BBQ. Ever the troopers the Fire Fighters were working hard and sweating it out over the BBQ on this hot October day. We dragged our hot and exhausted offspring back to the car, sausage in hand. In no time at all we were taking in the scenic views of the region on the way home interrupted only by light snoring in the back.

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One Response to “Kurrajong Scarecrow Festival”

  1. Karen October 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    Amazing pics and that fairy floss is HUGE! I want some xxxx

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