Scare­crow Fes­ti­val re­turns

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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

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