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Fun for all the Family

2012 Festival Highlights

The successful 3rd annual Deepwater Scarecrow & 1st Annual Wool Festival, a free family & community oriented event, held from 3 to 11 November proved popular with locals and visitors alike.

The villagers created some 57 wonderful scarecrows with one particular creation voted as both the People's Choice and the Guest Judge's favourite - Sharyn Rhodes & Rick McCowen were presented the two trophies for their “Rambo’s Revenge” scarecrows from guest judge Peter Teschner Manager of Tourism and Events in Glen Innes.

The festival organisers thank all involved in making the festival such a great success.

We are grateful to the market stall holders for attending and the RFS for their sausage sizzles. The Deepwater Bakery for baking the scarecrow & sheep biscuits. The Deepwater 'Scarecrow Bus de Tour' drivers & tour guides for taking visitors on a delightful and fun tour of the village that enabled those on board to meet our local scarecrows, locate garage sales along the trail and view our bloomin' open gardens in comfort.

We also thank the VW owners who participated in the festival's "Dubbin @ Deepwater" VW Show & Shine and Swap Meet. They travelled from as far away as the Gold Coast, Sydney & Inverell much to the delight of herbie fans’.

People’s choice award winners were presented with a trophy by Eyvonne Rizzo veteran competitor of many 1960’s car rally’s including the 1964 Round Australia Ampol Trial in her own VW Beetle.

1st place Laurie & Gwen Murray from Club VW Sydney

2nd place Dave & Pam Mason from Inverell

3rd place John Rosberg from Inverell

Jody & the Animals put on a show not to be missed titled "Gypsies Tramps & Thieves in recognition of the history of Gypsy travellers that camped in Deepwater during 1930’s to 1950’s. The beautifully & brightly dressed 'gypsies', thief and talented horse kept the audience mystified.

The Emmaville Sheep Races gave visitors the opportunity to pet some friendly sheep of varying ages that were wearing racing colours pertaining to their annual event.

Kate of Fun2Play FacePaint and Party Balloons from Clarence Valley, gave kids (and big kids too) 'a change of face' with her brilliant face paintings.

The good old games like three-legged races, egg & spoon races and tossing the toy sheep & dog into the pen competitions brought smiles to everyone. Of course there was no 'cheating' in the adults events?

The popular wool bale rolling competition winners Jason & Donna Jarrett were presented with a country shirt with festival monogram kindly donated by Elders of Glen Innes.

A picture is worth a thousand words and the Deepwater Art Group's Mini Art Exhibition at the historical Railway Station gave visitors a ‘picture’ of just how talented our local 'strokes of art' are.

Daniel Skinner of CRT Deepwater kindly supplied a room to safely hold the 'Little bit Sheepish' display featuring beautiful fine ‘white clouds’ of champion local grown fleece set up by John Chappell of Dundee. The photo display acknowledged the history of the area and the role our brave ol' pioneers played in the establishment of the local wool industry. Setting off the theme was a shearing demonstration by local Peter Stewart, wool spinning by Rosemary Boyle from Tenterfield and items made out of wool from The Ugg Boot Lady from Stanthorpe.

Children to the display were treated to free giveaways of CDs, colouring books & posters while their parents admired the fine fleece, a Peep at Sheep Children’s Corner gave the children a hands on wool experience and play in a sheep puppet theatre.

For Remembrance Day a display set up by family history addict, Julie Watt titled "Don't Forget Me Cobber" honoured Deepwater's fallen; 8 local men paid the ultimate sacrifice in various theatres of war with the youngest only 18 another had only been married 3 days. A display of family history guides including complementary stick it notes from

Wendy Mather Avon Leader kindly supervised the displays over both weekends along with her Avon Pink Cancer Crusade display.

The Deepwater Sewing Group’s presentations of beautiful quilts were made especially for Children in hospitals.

Festival highlights were caught on film by professional photographer LM Pix Captured Memories by Lou and copies can be ordered from Lou on 0400551716

And the Winners Were.......

People’s Choice and Guest Judge’s Favourite Scarecrow Awards

Taking out both awards were Sharyn Rhodes and Rick McCowen with their creation Rambo’s Revenge.

Sharyn & Rick were presented with their trophies by guest judge Peter Teschner, manager of Tourism and Events in Glen Innes.

Thank you Peter and all the staff at Glen Innes for your wonderful help with our festival. We appreciate it very much. !_!

Wool Bale Rolling Competition Award

Our first wool bale rolling competition proved absolutely popular with the winners being Jason & Donna Jarrett. They were presented with a country shirt each monogramed with our Festival and kindly donated by

Elders of Glen Innes.

The wool bales were kindly supplied by Notleys Woolstore Glen Innes.

Above: - Donna & Jason Jarrett - Wool Bale Rolling Champions of 2012 festival

2012 Festival was indeed

FUN for the whole FAMILY!

captured by LM Pix - Memories by Lou

The Emmaville sheep will return in 2013 for kids to pet

Click on the photo below to be transported to a beautiful set of photos featuring the 2012 Deepwater Scarecrow & Wool Festival

Photographs by LM Pix - Captured Memories By Lou - For copies please contact - 0400 551 716

ABOVE - Our festival logo scarecrow hanging outside the marquee.

Toss the Toy Sheep & Sheep Dog into the pen

one of the many Woolly Games which will feature again in 2013

Isn't she cute?

Face Painting by

Kate of Fun2Play FacePaint and Party Balloons from Clarence Valley