Cononley Scarecrow Festival 2018

2018 marks a very special milestone in the history of Cononley Scarecrow Festival, this will be our 10th Scarecrow Festival in the village… so with your help we really would like to make it the best yet!

Last year’s Scarecrow Festival was fantastic, with so many inventive entries following the theme of ‘Comics & Cartoons’. We have continued to invest the funds raised in previous year’s into the maintenance and upgrade of the Village Institute and in 2017 we have modernised the front porch, brought the Institute into the 21st Century by installing WiFi and very recently installed our very own cinema screen and projector.

We would like to celebrate the 10th Anniversary year by asking you once again to surprise us yet again with your inventiveness and we already know what a tremendous effort you all make to stage the weekend and that’s what makes it so successful. This year we thought we would celebrate the anniversary by combining all the Scarecrow themes of the past 10 years into one ‘Greatest Scarecrow Hits’  theme. We have listed the past Scarecrow themes below and we are very much looking forward to seeing what Greatest Scarecrow Hit characters pop up around the village. You can choose a theme from a previous year or combine a number of themes into one – the possibilities are endless!

2009 – 100 years

2010 – Scarecrows Around the World

2011 – A Right Royal Treat

2012 – Scarecrows Go Olympic

2013 – Fairytales & Nursery Rhymes

2014 – Turn On Your TV

2015 – Lights, Camera Action

2016 – Top Of The Pops

2017 – Comics & Cartoons

As usual, we will run a Scarecrow Workshop in the Institute on Saturday 21st Aprilbetween 2pm – 4pm. Materials and refreshments will be provided along with help making the scarecrow frame. You can also bring along old clothes etc. to complete your scarecrow & don’t forget your bin bag / plastic bags for straw!

How To Enter?

If you would like to enter a Scarecrow(s), and we really hope you do(!),  you can for the first time ever submit your entry online by clicking the following link:

Scarecrow Entry Form

Or you can complete a paper Scarecrow Entry Form, which will be delivered to your home this week or will be available in the Village Shop, and pop it in the Scarecrow Box in the Village Shop. All entries need to be submitted by Monday, 30th April to give us enough time to produce the Scarecrow Programme.

The Scarecrow Weekend

During the weekend visitors can follow the Scarecrow Trail around the village. Refreshments will be provided on Sunday afternoon and throughout the day on Monday. To complete the excitement there will, of course, be the two duck races on the Bank Holiday Monday afternoon and various activities taking place in the Institute. There will be a £25 prize for the best scarecrow as well as two runner-up prizes of £15 and £10.

How Can You Get Involved?

To make the Scarecrow Festival happen we need lots of helpers, so if you can help with any of the following tasks (no matter how small) we would be very grateful:

•    Donating cakes, biscuits or home-made soups

•    Supplying any unwanted wood or material suitable for scarecrow building

•    Donate a Raffle / Duck Race Prize or sponsor the Scarecrow Festival

•    Offer some time to help on the Bank Holiday Monday or before

If you could offer some help please get in touch via email:villageofcononley@gmail.com 
Happy Scarecrow Making!

All that remains now is get your thinking caps on and come up with your chosen Scarecrow Name and submit your entry by Monday 30th April.

Happy Scarecrow Making!
The Cononley Village Institute Committee