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Why did the scarecrow win the competition? Because he was outstanding in his field!

This year try your hand at scarecrow making! Making your scarecrow is super straightforward, but the real fun begins when your little ones get to dress up their hay-filled character however they like!
Getting creative as a family can be a great bonding experience. Who doesn’t like getting their hands dirty and seeing a vision come to life?
For this year’s Cairns Show Scarecrow Competition, we are going to give you some tips and tricks to make your family’s scarecrow one talked about for years to come.

What you’ll need: 

  • 1 sturdy stick or bamboo cane, about 2m long
  • 1 sturdy stick or bamboo cane, about 1m long
  • Old clothes – shirt or jumper, trousers, hat
  • Old pair of tights
  • String
  • Straw or leaves

To make the frame: 

  • Tightly tie the shorter stick 3/4 up the long stick to make a sturdy cross. This is the frame, stick into the ground to keep it upright.

To Make the head: 

  • Cut one leg from a tight or use an old pillowcase
  • Stuff with straw to desired sized
  • Use paint or markers to make any face you want!
  • Try stylising your scarecrow with a funny hat or hay hair

Dress your scarecrow: 

  • Dress your frame with your chosen outfit
  • Stuff your clothes with hay, using zip ties or rubber bands to close off the openings
  • Add accessories and really make the scarecrow your own
If you or your kids want to enter the Cairns Show Scarecrow-making competition, where you can gain bragging rights and a prize for your efforts, fill out the form here! 
There’s something for everyone at the Cairns Show
Remember, there’s lots of free things to do once you’re through the gates, so no matter your budget you’ll be able to have a great time.  
Buy your tickets early and save until Tuesday the 18th of July  here
If you want cheaper rides, buy your Sideshow Alley Bonus Dollars* 
Available from the Earlville Shopping Town Ticket Booth Monday 10th – Monday 17th July, 9am – 5pm. 
Available at the Cairns Showgrounds (Main Gates) Ticket Booth on Tuesday 18th July, 9am – 5pm. 

*Bonus Dollars are not available online. They may only be used for Rides, Games, or Food within the Sideshow Alley area. Bonus Dollars cannot be spent on Showbags. Lost, stolen, damaged or unused Bonus Dollars will not be refunded or replaced.*