Get set for first Dyke Scarecrow Festival

Fresd is one of the first scarecrows to take his place at the Dykes festival. EMN-140309-131634001
Fresd is one of the first scarecrows to take his place at the Dykes festival. EMN-140309-131634001
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Scarecrow Fred has taken up his place in Dyke with many more set to appear in readiness for a new event.

The village will hold its first Scarecrow Festival on September 20 and 21.

Residents can make their own versions for display in front of their homes or enter them in a competition.

Sam Coles, from the village hall committee organising the event, said the aim was to bring people together.

“There are many people who are new to Dyke,” said Ms Coles. “We thought it would be nice to do something to bring the community together and preferably an event that reflects the many farms, farmers and farm workers here.”

The Scarecrow Festival will celebrate the end of the harvest season. Residents can just display their scarecrow in front of their homes or compete in the best scarecrow contest which will be judged by farmer William Ash.

The prize fund has been donated by The Wishing Well Inn.

A limited number of entry places are also being offered to people who are not from Dyke, but have a connection to the village, who can display their scarecrows outside the village hall.

The event will also include stalls and activities for children.

Brenda Johnson, chairman of Dyke village hall committee, said: “We’re looking forward to our first scarecrow festival and we encourage people to come to Dyke to take a look at the spectacular creations that will be on display.

“We hope to make this an annual event in which the community can give thanks for the harvest and simply have a bit of fun.

“If anyone outside of Dyke would like to get involved, they can still enter the competition.”

Competing scarecrows will be put on display from the morning of the Saturday and will be judged at midday.

Entrants will compete for the first prize of £25 and runners-up prizes of £15 and £10. Prizes will be presented by Mr Ash at noon on the Sunday in Dyke Village Hall.

Entry forms for the scarecrow competition can be downloaded from www.dykevillagehall.com and must be returned by Friday, September 19.