Maksum Nur Fauzan
Residents of Banjarejo village in Grobogan, Central Java, use leftover straw from the harvest to entertain their imagination. Ten tons of straw were sculpted into prehistoric creatures and displayed at the Straw Festival from Oct. 17 to 28.
They have a good reason for choosing the primal theme, following lastyear’s discovery in the village of a 4-meter-long fossil of a Stegodon — one of the largest species of the elephant family.
Aside from the 37 sculptures of prehistoric animals, visitors also marveled at a giant straw bicycle and motorcycle.
The festival is part of the village’s strategy to embrace its prehistoric appeal and drive tourism.
The village has also set up the Omah Balung Purbakala (Prehistoric Fossil House), which displays, among other things, the fossils of the Stegodon and an extinct bovine also discovered in the village.
The strategy has drawn thousands of visitors to the village and set the local economy in motion.