The scarecrow was a lead story on the front page of the Canberra Times, on 15.9.03:
"It may keep the birds away, but onlookers flocked to see the John Howard inspired scarecrow which kept the crowds amused at Floriade yesterday."
"The John Howard lookalike scarecrow provided a talking point as well as one of the most photographed attractions as visitors stood alongside him to capure their picture with him."
On Sept 17th the Canberra Times also ran a story about television chef Iain "Huey" Hewitson filming segments of his cooking show at Floriade. In his comments about Floriade he said:
"I think its just great. The scarecrow display is amazing, there's even a John Howard one. He's a bit too good-looking and a bit too tall, but apart from that its a brilliant likeness."