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2019 Scarecrow Festival Round-up

by Fran Flaxton – 3rd July 2019
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The Haddenham Association of Scouts and Guides would like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who took part in and/or supported this year's Scarecrow Festival. We had 60 official entries plus several extra scarecrows that appeared around the village – what a fantastic response!

Although this is a Festival, not a Competition, people were given the opportunity to vote for their three favourites, which were:

  • Kaleidoscope Mary (Maggie Davies & Kaleidoscope team)
  • Happy Holiday (Whitney, Shaw, Boulton families) and
  • Snow White & her 7 Dwarfs (the Ackroyds)

Kaleidoscope Mary was a real team effort by the ladies in the Kaleidoscope group, as each member made a square of Mary's apron or helped in some other way.

Katharine Whitney, her children and grandchildren all worked together to create the scarecrow family inside Nick's car – which was so realistic, that more than one person stopped to ask if he needed help!
Snow White's dwarfs were hand drawn and brought to life by husband and wife team, Margaret and David Ackroyd.

It's clear than many many hours of work has gone into the creation of this year's three Favourites.

Close runners up were:

  • The Invisible Man does the Washing Up
  • Mary Poppins & Bert
  • All Smiles, Greatest Showman
  • The Feast Minions
  • Woody – Toy Strawrey, and
  • Spongebob

Other favourites included:

  • Do the Roar
  • Shrek
  • Tour de Haddenham
  • Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstraw
  • One Man & his Dog
  • Santa on Holiday
  • Burglar Bill, Bob
  • Ninny & Gramps and
  • Red Lion King

Congratulations to everyone!

In case you didn't get to see them all, photos of this year's entries are featured in the Galleries section of this website.

As well as providing entertainment and fun, this year's Festival has so far raised over £900, with further pledges still to come so we're hoping the total will be over £1000. 50% of this will be sent to The Pace Centre, Aylesbury, a donation has been made to the Haddenham Fete for their chosen local charities and the rest will go towards running Scouting and Guiding units in Haddenham.

Despite all the rain, we received and heard such positive feedback and comments from so many people of all ages who loved walking and cycling around Haddenham on the Scarecrow Trail. The wet weather did cause problems for some Scarecrows and inevitably it meant we sold less maps than last year, but it's still been a fun community event and we will be organising the Scarecrow Festival again next June! Look out for details next Spring about how to enter. Could we aim for 100 entries in 2020?!

With grateful thanks
Francesca Flaxton
on behalf of the Scarecrow Festival
Organised by the Haddenham Association of Scouts and Guides

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