Our Scarecrow Competition

Scarecrows have long been the farmer’s friend, scaring birds and other hungry mouths away from devouring their precious crop. Today you rarely see them standing in the vast fields, yet the scarecrow is still entrenched in rural life and local lore. So it should be no surprise that our village decided that part of the Patat festival should be devoted to resurrecting this by-gone tradition.

The Napier Wine & Patatfees Scarecrow competition, has always been a colourful addition to this event. It is well worth taking a slow walk around our village on the scarecrow meander to see the variety and ingenuity of some of our residents.

Get Creative

Crafters, gardeners and budding engineers tinker for weeks.

With bits and pieces of old junk, worn out clothing, battered pots and pans, recycled plastic containers and tins. Some even create the most amazing characters completely out of our flora and fauna along with the more traditional sacking, straw and broom handles. You will be amazed at how creative our village folk can be!

If you are one of them and wish to enter this year’s competition then simply fill in your details or download the entry form, complete and email to us.

What you need to do to enter

Enter Competition


Theme: Celebrating our Heritage



Complete and email to

To be included in the competition, scarecrows must be displayed on the ‘Spot the Scarecrow Discovery Trail’ or in front of your home or businesses if situated in Sarel Cilliers Street (R316). Registration is R20/EntryPlace your entry form & entry fee in an envelope and pop it into box provided at the Napier Hotel Reception. Payment will be collected when Scarecrow Number is delivered. You do not need to register to have a Scarecrow on the trail, but only registered Scarecrows will be eligible for prizes and MUST be displayed on the trail.

All Registrations must reach us by the 8th June 2018 in order to be included in the Competition.

Previously entered Scarecrows will not be allowed to enter again.

We have some amazing prizes lined up, so don’t delay and enter now!

People’s Choice Award

All voting and judging will take place over the Three (3) days of the Festival by our judging panel and all our visitors. Voting and judging will conclude at 5pm on Sunday the 17th of June, with winners announced soon thereafter.

People’s Choice Award. Visitors & Residents of Napier will be encouraged to vote for their favourite scarecrow via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram use #NapierWinePatat.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

– Group (school/association etc)
– Business
– Individual
– People’s Choice as voted via social media


Judges will be considering the following things when making their decision:

  • Interpretation: how does the scarecrow showcase an aspect of the theme
  • Celebrating our Heritage E.G. farming: Patats, strawberries, wheat, dairy, sheep etc, gardeners, Sir Napier, gold mine, arts and crafts, chefs in fact any trade. Let your imagination run riot!
  • Durability
  • Creativity
  • Attention to detail and craftsmanship
  • Sustainability, best use of recycled material or organic.


How to build a scarecrow-step-by-step guide

We hope you will enjoy looking at the array of mannequins adorning our village gardens and streets.

If you have been inspired and what to try and build your own at home, or for a school project, then here’s some inspiration.

Share it with us. Please post your finished scarecrows photos to our social media platforms.