Jessica Thompson won the excellence in knitting and crochet for her red tree monster, Scarlett. She has entered a tree jumper in 11 of the 12 Jumpers and Jazz in July festivals.
Jessica Thompson won the excellence in knitting and crochet for her red tree monster, Scarlett. She has entered a tree jumper in 11 of the 12 Jumpers and Jazz in July festivals. Contributed

Jessica’s hooked on tree jumper contest

A RED tree monster called Scarlett has captured the eye of official tree jumper judge Margie Creek.

Ms Creek strolled through the streets of Rose City on Thursday to critique and photograph all 106 entrants in time to announce the winners at the Jumpers and Jazz launch party that night.

Jessica Thompson took out the award for excellence in knitting and crochet with her red tree monster named Scarlett.

"This year I sort of wanted to try and do something different; it's the first time that I've made a female monster," she said

"In previous years I've done little monsters around the trees."

Jessica has only missed one tree jumper competition in the past 12 years.

"Honestly, I am shocked," she said.

"I genuinely thought everyone would think my tree jumper would be ugly or too weird.

"I don't enter because of the competition, I enter because I want to - I love it, I enjoy it and it's an addiction."

"I'm normally a lot more organised with it but this year we started a little bit later."

Toowoomba judge Ms Creek, who is a former exhibitor, said she was impressed with Jessica's creative crochet skills.

"Jessica has created a very whimsical piece; which is a lot of fun," she said.


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