Kenilworth's krazy kritta drawing national attention
A FUNNY-looking green creature has taken over Kenilworth and, along with his owner, is bringing national attention to the area.
Kritta, the mascot of Kenilworth, is popping up in photos publicising the hinterland town's many festivals and events throughout each year.
Owner Rod Bloomer, from Coolabine Valley, fell in love with Kritta when friend Kate Baker made the critter a year ago for a scarecrow competition.
"I thought, 'Holy mackerel, he's a beauty!'" Rod said.
"I do know a good-looking Kritta when I see one."
Not technically papier-mache, Kritta is made from various materials, then has been lacquered and painted.
After Kritta's first appearance at the Kenilworth Celebrates! Arts Festival, he won national fame when Channel Seven's Sunrise program interviewed Rod while holding Kritta.
"People were ringing from all over Australia saying, 'I saw you on TV'," he said.
Since then, they've been constant companions, getting around to all of Kenilworth's events together, meeting Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson and various members of parliament.
Independent Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington said Kritta was a great asset to the community and he hoped he single-handedly would attract more visitors to the area.
"It's brilliant," he said.
"It shows the real imagination of the people in the Mary Valley and Kenilworth."
Rod is particularly proud of the attention they are bringing to the annual arts festival, as members of the Kenilworth Arts Council.
"We now have one of the biggest arts festivals in Australia," he said.
"I'm using the Kritta to get people to take notice."
The Kenilworth Celebrate! Arts Festival will be held in September but in the meantime, you can catch a glimpse of Kritta at the Kenilworth Cheese, Wine and Food Fest on Easter Saturday.