Scarecrow Trail 2022
The hunt is on!
Download the Scarecrow Trail map
Taranaki residents will once again hunt high and low through the streets of Stratford district for fantastic creatures and straw-filled guardians, as the Stratford Scarecrow Trail opens for 2022.
The Stratford Scarecrow Trail, which runs until 13 November, is a much-loved annual scavenger hunt. Friends and whānau are encouraged to hit the trail together to find as many of the district’s scarecrows as they can. Prizes are up for grabs for those who play.
The trail runs alongside the Taranaki Garden Festival, Fringe Garden Festival, and Arts Trail.
Kate Whareaitu, Director Community Services, says the Scarecrow Trail is a fun, free activity that’ll appeal to those visiting the region for garden and arts festivals, as well as locals who have embraced the event every year.
“There are 86 scarecrows to find this year and these aren’t your regular scarecrows. The community has gone all-out and the creativity that’s on display is outstanding,” says Ms Whareaitu.
“If you’re visiting Taranaki, nau mai, haere mai, welcome! Enjoy exploring our wonderful community. We wish you the best for your search.”
Scarecrow hunters can pick up a trail map and entry form at Stratford Library and Visitor Information Centre, Council’s Service Centre or online at Stratford.govt.nz. Entry forms must be returned by Wednesday 16 November 2022.
Prizes aren’t just for the trail hunters. The Scarecrows undergo their own judging, with prizes available across four categories, as well as for the best overall use of recycled materials.
Ms Whareaitu says there are great prizes on offer thanks to the generous support of Stratford New World, Fulton Hogan, Stratford ITM and Stratford Business Association.
“A big thank you to our scarecrow creators, trail hunters, and sponsors. This is our sixth year running the event, and the continued community support makes it a stand out on the calendar,” says Ms Whareaitu.
“Let the Scarecrow Trail begin!”