YOU could be forgiven for questioning the many scarecrows lurking around Kyneton this month.
Whether they're silently pondering at the Campaspe River, sitting in shop fronts or littered in backyards and on the roadside, they really are everywhere.
Their existence - and the thousands of daffodils growing alongside - highlight the spirit of the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival.
The two-week annual event sprawls for kilometres and plays host to many large scale events, as well as tiny little pop up shows many residents were lucky to stumble across.
When the festival began 42 years ago, the "sky was the limit" for organisers.
They could have gone to the moon with their ideas, says secretary Marg Dearricott, and their inspired outlook is paying off.
Ms Dearricott said the festival was run entirely by volunteers, and saw thousands of art, garden and performance lovers flock to the town.
And it's clear residents are proud to show off their town.
"Everyone feels like the festival belongs to them and are happy to be involved in whatever way possible," Ms Dearricott said.
"The event just thrives on the regional town spirit and things like this help communities stay resilient, give people confidence, and makes them happy by coming together for a similar goal."
Highlights included the daffodil old-time ball, a musical performance featuring local artists, ferret racing, wine and food events, art exhibitions and many open gardens.
And the final hoorah, held on Sunday, brought hundreds of people to the streets for a mega parade featuring almost 100 entries including schools, community groups and organisations.
"It's just so good to come together and see so many people enjoying themselves in our town," she said.
"The weather has been fantastic and people just want this to work - so it does."