SCARY TIMES AHEAD IN KNOCKANANNA
THE village of Knocknananna has been welcoming some scary new residents in recent weeks but visitors and locals need not fear too much as it’s all part of a scarecrow competition.
One of the people behind the initiative, Judith, from Care for the Elderly, spoke to this newspaper about the competition and said she thought it might be an interesting new thing to try.
‘I thought there might be eight or nine entries but so far we have about 24 entries which is fantastic,’ she said.
Judith praised the local people for giving their full support to the competition which has three categories of entry: family, adult, and children.
‘It was an idea for a new way to raise money,’ said Judith.
‘I just suggested something that I thought might be cost efficient and cheap to organise and that’s how the scarecrow-making competition came about,’ she added.
Such is the vigour and professionalism with which local people have embraced the idea that their creations, which are located in different areas of the village, are causing visitors to stop and take notice.
‘Even local people are being attracted by the new ones going up,’ said Judith.
‘People are stopping to take photos and see if there are any new ones up.’
The cost of entering the competition is €15 (family), €15 (adult) and €10 (children).
Judith said elderly people in society are often forgotten or left behind and for some of them the annual Christmas party is their only means of socialising throughout the year.
‘Mental health is not just a young person’s issue,’ said Judith.
‘Feelings of loneliness and isolation can be just as rampant among older people in society,’ she added.
It’s the first time the competition has been held but the response has been such that it might not be the only time.
In addition to being a fundraiser for the elderly the competition has always drawn the community closer together with young and old getting involved.
A prize-giving event will take place in O’Keeffe’s Bar on September 28 and there will also be a table-quiz in the venue that night too.
(Above and below) Some of the weird and wonderful scarecrows that have popped up around Knockananna in recent weeks.