Summerâ€™s finally here â€“ wondering how I know this? Well, itâ€™s definitely not by the weather, which has only hinted at sunshine over the last few weeks. For me, summer arrives with the fete and festival season, which means weekends strewn with local fetes, fayres and outdoor gathering across the South Westâ€™s countryside.
I love a good fete and this month was the highlight of our local offerings, as our village held its very own scarecrow festival. Now in its 14th year, itâ€™s the â€˜big dayâ€™ for our village, when hundreds of people from across the region come to check out our crafty skills and have a go on the stalls scattered across the village green.
Iâ€™d not heard of a scarecrow festival until my move to the South West and even now, a few years later, the whole concept makes me chuckle. Still, I get into the village spirit, and for the last few years my family has added their own scarecrow making efforts to that of our neighbours. Why donâ€™t you check out our attempt at Sherlock Holmes at the 2012 Scarecrow Festival, and see what you think?
What exactly is a scarecrow festival?
So what exactly does this all entail, you ask? Sound all a bit Wicker Man for your tastes? Well our scarecrow festival sees villagers making a scarecrow based on a theme (this year was bands), which are then placed outside our houses to form a trail. Visitors (and the locals too!) then pick up an entry form and then go round trying to guess as many as they can for a prize. This yearâ€™s top prize is Â£100, so weâ€™re hoping weâ€™re in with a chance!
Itâ€™s actually really good fun, and then when youâ€™re done, on the green thereâ€™s tea, cake and beer tents, games like tombola and smash the crockery, and also a little craft fair to peruse.
This year I helped out a bit more by baking a load of cakes for the tea tent, and our scarecrow skills got a bit more advanced as we threw in some mechanics by creating a drum full of stones that would roll throughout the day (can you work out what our band was? – see below)
All in all we had a great day and continue to be amazed by the creations of people from across the village. Why donâ€™t you check out our album of all the scarecrows on the Ladies whatâ€¦ Facebook page!