Bromyard Scarecrow Festival 2019 : Programme
Plans are now well in hand for this year’s festival, the theme for which is to be COUNTRIES.
That is “Countries” related themes and we are pleased to say that we have already received a number of entries. These could be real countries like Scotland, Japan or Spain but fictional countries would be OK too – e.g. Narnia or Westeros!
The festival will take place from Friday 7th June to Sunday 9th June 2019.
The event will commence as usual with the parade on Friday evening leaving St Peter’s Churchyard at 7.00 pm.
It will make its way through the streets and back to the Town Green at the Public Hall for the announcement of winners of the entourage competition with a BBQ and refreshments afterwards. There will also be entertainment to add to the spirit of the evening.
This is a fun evening with hundreds of people lining the streets to see your entry, prizes of £50, £25 or £15 are awarded to the two classes of juniors (Cubs, Brownies, Guides and schools) and seniors (pubs, clubs, associations and the general public). Judging by an independent judge takes place in the Churchyard prior to the parade and whilst it is proceeding through the town.
On Saturday and Sunday entries need to be in place between the hours of 11.00 am and 5.00 pm so that those doing the competition can follow the route to try to establish what the scarecrow is depicting.
In response to public feedback we are expanding our categories to reflect the wide range of entries and to reward the ingenuity of people. The categories will be:
- Schools and young people;
- Shops and businesses;
- Clubs and associations;
- General public.
The winner from each section will receive £50.
We will also have a scarecrow building competition on the Saturday afternoon in the garden and car park of the Falcon Hotel. Teams of 4 need to enter by the 5th of June. You will arrive by 1.45 pm to get ready and the competition will run from 2.00 pm till 3.00 pm. The winner will be judged by John Silver of the Falcon who will award the Keith Handley Trophy to the best scarecrow.
There will be a Scarecrow Festival Supper in the Public Hall on the Saturday evening 9th June, organised by members of the committee. Entertainment will be provided by Viv Bell and Huw Knight. Tickets will cost £12 per person; please contact Lynne for a ticket by email or by calling Pearl Briggs on 01885 483940. You can also book online – see the link below.
In order to keep the festival financially viable we are again asking if you would be able to get your entry sponsored. We only ask for a contribution of £10 for which your sponsor’s name will be added to the sign on your scarecrow and their name printed in the programme. Judging will be carried out by an independent judge during the morning and prizes awarded as soon as the judge has made their decisions.