|This Scarecrows in Motion display was created for the 2008 Kurrajong Scarecrow Festival. It was based on the characters in the classic old 1960s TV show, The Beverly Hillbillies. The display included five life-sized scarecrows (three with animation) and a quaint replica of a 'moonshine' still that billowed clouds of smoke. The Kurrajong Straw-billies were set up in an authentic 1930 Model A Ford truck. A sound track based on theme songs from the TV series accompanied the animation. It took four weeks to create this display.
This display was presented under the banner of the Kurrajong Comleroy Historical Society and was set up and displayed with the valued assistance of society members. The wonderful Model A Ford truck that carried the display belongs to society member, Bryan Wyborn.
In keeping with the interests of the Kurrajong Comleroy Historical Society, we used this display to depict, in a humorous way, a pioneering family of the Kurrajong district of NSW. Early families that settled in the district had to live off the land and use the resources of the land to survive. So the display included a kerosene lamp, camp cooking equipment and a still for distilling crude alcoholic drinks. Also essential to hunt game for food were a double barrelled shot gun and a dog.
When the display was in full operation, smoke billowed from the top of Granny's moonshine still and from Granny's gigantic double barrelled shot gun.
The Kurrajong Straw-billies
Meet the Kurrajong Straw-billies scarecrows:
Granny held her oversized double barrelled shot gun ready for action! Granny warned the audience, 'You want to tangle with me?!' Beside Granny was her elaborate moonshine still and bottles of XXX brewed grog. There was an early record of a 'sly grog shop' at Little Wheeny Creek in the Kurrajong district. This would have used a still to brew whisky.
The Kurrajong Straw-billies go to Town
The Kurrajong Straw-billies scarecrows entertained the crowds in the main street of Kurrajong on Saturday 25th October 2008. Then on the Sunday, we started up the old truck. With lots of cheering and clapping, and a toot of the horn, the truck loaded up with the Kurrajong Straw-billies chugged its way down the main street of Kurrajong Village.
Granny and her shot gun rocked in the rocking chair on the back of the truck; the kerosene lantern swung from the tailgate; the koalas and possums clung to the sides; and the kookaburra perched jauntily on top of the windscreen throughout the trip.
When the truck finally came to a big stop at the bottom of the hill, the crowd clambered over it for a special Kurrajong Scarecrow Festival photograph.
The Kurrajong Straw-billies scarecrow display was voted the best display in the 2008 Kurrajong Scarecrow Festival by the people of Kurrajong.
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