Scarecrow Festival returns
WATERLOO residents are being invited to one of the area’s most unusual annual events next month.
The Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens will be holding their ninth Scarecrow Festival in Marine Garden from 12.30pm to 4pm on Saturday, September 16, and organisers say it is set to be the best yet.
As usual, the scarecrow competition will be the centrepiece of the event, with entries invited on this year’s theme of children’s book or film characters.
Competitors should register their entry between 12 noon and 12.30pm.
However, the festival will also feature face painting, games, craft stalls, live music performances, hot food and other refreshments.
In the meantime, organisers say anyone wanting to enter the event who is looking for inspiration should check out the many examples of scarecrows from previous years to be found on the internet, some of which they describe as ‘amazing’.
Rosemary Gordon, chair of the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens, commented: “Our Scarecrow Festival gets more and more popular every year, and we’re determined to make this year’s event the best yet.
“We’re hoping for fine weather, a good turnout and some fantastic entries on the day which is designed to be fun for all the family.”
The Scarecrow Festival is organised solely by volunteers from the group, which was set up in 2009 to help improve the four seafront gardens in Waterloo as well as nearby Potter’s Barn Park.
Entry to the event is free, although donations are welcome.
All the money raised will be ploughed back into the local community via the volunteer work done by group members.
For more information on the work of the Friends, visit www.fowsg.co.uk or follow them on www.facebook.com/ friendsofwaterlooseafrontgardens.
For anyone wishing to donate online, the group have a local giving page at www.localgiving.org/fowsg.
Waterloo residents invited to annual scarecrow festival