Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By BREN­DAN KEANE

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.

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