I’m Stan and I am here to tell you all about this years Bromyard Scarecrow Festival and what there will be for you to see and do over the weekend of 6th to 8th June.
Well it’s all going to start on the Friday evening (6th June) at around 7pm when I and my friend Aunt Elsie will be in St Peters Churchyard to welcome all those who will be taking part in the grand parade through the town. I will be joined by another friend Peder Nielsen, Bromyard Town Crier and current Champion Crier of Europe, the fantastic Tenbury Town Band and hopefully our new Mayor and escort and we will lead the procession as it makes its way along Church Street through Market Square, along Broad Street and High Street and into Cruxwell Street ending up on the Town Green for a BBQ and entertainment. Whilst we are congregating in the churchyard and parading through the town there will be judges who will be looking to award prize money totalling almost £100 to the best entourage accompanying their scarecrow entry, a little later in the evening the winners will be announced and presented with their prizes.
Saturday will start early for the logistics crew who will be out preparing for the day and making sure that all displays are in place before the 11am deadline when the actual competition begins. For those of you who have not taken part before I’ll explain briefly how it works. Scattered around the town and a little further afield, but all within easy walking distance, some 30/40 scarecrow displays will be found this year depicting something that has happened in the last 100 years. You need to buy (£2) one of our programme entry forms in which you will find a selection of cryptic clues which you have to match up with the correct scarecrow, you could win £50 if yours is the first all correct entry drawn after the event. There is also a children’s competition which runs alongside.
For those of you wishing to start the day with a good breakfast the Bromyard in Bloom Committee will be serving them up in the Public Hall from 8.30 onwards, this has now become a well established and attended fund raising event for the group and a way in which both locals and visitors can meet together before setting off on the Scarecrow trail. There will also be an opportunity for you to support our local branch of the Royal British Legion by saving up your pennies over the next month and helping them achieve a ‘Mile of Pennies’. Starting at both ends of the town the idea is to see which end can reach the junction of Broad Street and High Street first, so come along and place your pennies at the end of town you would like to see win and at the same time support this very worthwhile cause.
Throughout the day Aunt Elsie and I will be found wandering around and visiting all of the displays so if you see us come and have a chat or your photograph taken with us. Entry forms along with other items of Scarecrow memorabilia will be on sale between 10 30 am and 5pm both days.
On Saturday evening 7.30pm onwards we will all be enjoying ourselves at the annual Scarecrow Festival Supper in the Public Hall. This is a really enjoyable evening with a two course supper and entertainment, this year provided by Brian Jones. Why not try and get a party together and come along and join us, tickets are limited so make sure you book yours early they are £8 each.
Sunday morning will see the logistics team out again preparing for the days competition and other events, there will be a special outdoor church service on the Town Green starting at 10.30 and we will be serving bacon butties. After the service we will all be making our way down to Broadbridge for the Duck Race scheduled to take place around midday this is great fun when nearly 1000 ducks will enter the water and make their way down stream to the finish point just under the road bridge. Come along and buy a duck and cheer it on as it winds its way to the finish point and makes someone £100 richer.
A little later in the week on Tuesday 10th June at 7.30 we will be holding the annual Scarecrow Festival Quiz sponsored once again by Off the Record this is another great event with upwards of 12 teams competing for the £50 prize and the Arrowsmith Millennium Bowl. It would be great if you could make up a team of four, questions aren’t too difficult and you might just win. It will be at the Falcon so I hope we see you there.
If you would like any further information give me a call on 01885 483964
Stan – The Scarecrow Man