Scaresheep fes­ti­val is a baa-tas­tic hit

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - By Liam Cole­man liam.cole­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MORE THAN 100 fam­i­lies flocked to Shep­shed to have a look at this year’s en­tries in the Scaresheep Fes­ti­val, that in­cluded a ‘Baa­lesque’ show, Jedi bat­tles in ‘Baa Wars’ and a guest ap­pear­ance from Ed ‘Shear­ing.’

Thirty house­hold­ers and busi­nesses all over town dis­played their hand­i­work on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 7 and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 8.

Peo­ple tak­ing part were able to pick up a map and make their way around Shep­shed to vote for their favourite scaresheep.

The fes­ti­val first took place in 2015 and has proved so pop­u­lar among lo­cal res­i­dents that it re­turned this year for the third time and plans for next year’s fes­ti­val are al­ready un­der­way.

Win­ners of the three tro­phies (Best busi­ness/or­gan­i­sa­tion as voted for by the pub­lic, best busi­ness/or­gan­i­sa­tion as cho­sen by Shep­shed Town Coun­cil and best house­hold as voted for by the pub­lic) will be an­nounced on Friday, Oc­to­ber 13.

Or­gan­iser Angie Whit­more said: “It has been an­other bril­liant year, and there were some re­ally cre­ative en­tries.

“Res­i­dents in For­est Street even re­named the street Sher­wood For­est Street be­cause of their spe­cial Robin Hood themed scaresheep at a num­ber of houses.

“We sold around 100 pro­grammes on the day which is bril­liant, and it is a won­der­ful way to show­case Shep­shed.

“We even had BBC Le­ices­ter come along and one of their Sun­day morn­ing clues was part of the fes­ti­val.

“I would just like to say thank you to all the fam­i­lies that came along, ev­ery­one that took part and ev­ery­one that sold the pro­grammes.

“This is a great event for Shep­shed, ev­ery­one in­volved has pulled to­gether which has been great to see.

“We have al­ready got the dates sorted for next year and we are hop­ing for an even big­ger push from lo­cal busi­nesses to en­ter.”

All funds raised will go to the Shep­shed Vol­un­teer Cen­tre and the Shep­shed Spe­cial Com­mu­nity Bus.

Next year the fes­ti­val will take place on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 6 and Sun­day Oc­to­ber 7.

Pic­tured are some of the en­tries from the 2017 Scaresheep Fes­ti­val. Pho­to­graphs cour­tesy of Angie Whit­more.

Pic­tured are some of the en­tries from the 2017 Scaresheep Fes­ti­val. Pho­to­graphs cour­tesy of Angie Whit­more.

Pic­tured are some of the en­tries from the 2017 Scaresheep Fes­ti­val, cour­tesy of Angie Whit­more.

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