Our Scarecrows

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 Patatfees should be devoted to resurrecting this by-gone tradition.

As usual we intend to adorn Napier this springtime with numerous Scarecrows. These are really something to behold, and are always a colourful addition to Napier. It is well worth taking a walk around the Scarecrow Zone at festival 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 would like to get involved this year then simply fill in your details below.

What you need to do to enter

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Theme: Spring Harvest


    To be included in the competition, please complete the entry form. Registration is R30.00.

    All entrants should display their scarecrows at least a week before the Festival at their business premises or at their homes. Judging will take place on Friday, 27th of October and winners will be announced at the festival. 

    This year’s theme is SPRING HARVEST! 

    All Registrations must reach us by the 20 October 2023 to be included in the Competition.

    We have some amazing prizes lined up, so do not delay, and enter now!

    Any queries, email

    Judging Criteria:

    • Interpretation: how does the scarecrow showcase an aspect of the theme:
    • Spring Harvest:  E.g., fynbos, flowers, succulents, 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 scarecrows 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.



    Be sure to keep an eye on our social media pages for the latest updates on our Spring Festival activities – as we bring the community of Napier together during our spring celebration.



    Let us know if you have any questions.


    Thank you to all of our sponsors​

    Without their kind generosity, the Napier Wine and Patatfees Spring Festival would be a mere dream. Our wish is that more people will enjoy this event safely. A special shout out to WESGRO as an ongoing partner of our festival, to help raise awareness about Napier as a tourist destination​ with much to offer. So here's to a fantastic event for all involved!

    Prizes sponsored by: Arniston Spa & Hotel, Floral Land, Montagu Springs Hotel, Soaring Eagles Lodge & Spa, Toyota