THIS Sunday is Hornsby Council's Bushland Festival at Fagan Park, Galston.
And one of the highlights is the Galston Scarecrow Gathering, an activity of the Rotary Club of Galston.
"The Lone Rangehooder is made out of bits of a range hood," one creator Graham Scholey, of Galston, said.
His has been out on Baysfield Road, Galston, "frightening everyone" pre-festival.
But on Sunday, everyone's scarecrows will be on display at Fagan Park at the festival where they will also be judged on their strength, durability to the weather, imagination and character.
Mr Scholey's entering The Lone Rangehooder under fantasy/contemporary. Other categories are traditional, theme and schools.
Prizes will be awarded for the first three places in each category.
A council spokesman said residents would also have the chance to learn about the birds and the bees on Sunday.
‘‘We’re talking about actual birds and bees here,’’ he said, tongue firmly planted in cheek.
He was making reference to a bird show by Feathered Friends and a bee display by Beezeebo.
Some of the Feathered Friends include a cockatoo, clever enough to take money out of somebody’s wallet; swooping owls; and a flying barn owl.
“We pride ourselves in creating intimate animal experiences and conservation initiatives through animal behavioural studies and critiqued training,” owner Sam Lyon said.
Beezeebo’s display includes an amazing live bee demonstration, where you’ll learn about honey collection, caring for bees and find out some insider tips on how to treat bee stings.
Other Bushland Festival highlights: musical entertainment by 2013 Golden Guitar winners Camille Te Nahu and Stuie French and The Voice Australia's Danni Da Ros (top 4 in Team Delta 2012); kids' rides; reptile and miniature pony displays; whipcracking and lasso demonstrations; market stalls; and The Rhymer from Ryde, Graeme Johnson, winner of more than 150 awards for his bush poetry.
■ Hornby Council’s Bushland Festival: Sunday, 10am-4pm, Fagan Park, Arcadia Road, Galston. Details: hornsby.nsw.gov.au.
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