Midsummer Madness as scarecrows come to villages

COMPETITION: One of the entries in last year's Elwick village scarecrow contest.
COMPETITION: One of the entries in last year's Elwick village scarecrow contest.

THE scarecrows are coming.

The deadline has been set for entries for this year’s Elwick scarecrow competition.

Creative residents have around six weeks to get their thinking caps on and plan a scarecrow in line with this year’s theme – Midsummer Madness.

And if the entries are anything like previous years, it will definitely be worth making a trip to the village to have a look at this year’s hopefuls.

As an added motivation for residents in Elwick, they will be hoping to win the crown back from Castle Eden who won in last year’s village versus village contest.

Hilary Thompson, chair of the Elwick Millennium Association, who organise the annual competition, said: “Scarecrows in Elwick are making an annual appearance nowadays and the ingenuity and originality of some of the entries is amazing.

“This year’s scarecrow theme is Midsummer Madness and the scarecrows will be on display from Monday, June 17.

“So if you fancy an interesting, humorous stroll around the village, that is the week to come and visit us.”

The week culminates with a new attraction this year, a Mad Hatter’s tea party on Elwick village green on Sunday, June 23 where the winning scarecrow and champion village will be announced.

The children of St Peter’s Elwick CE Primary School will also be adding to the entertainment with a dance performance on the afternoon.

Hilary added: “We have a couple of new additions which will hopefully make the week and the competition even more popular.

“Elwick will again be in competition with Castle Eden and we are hoping to win our shield back this year.”

Almost 30 scarecrows appeared dotted around the village for last year’s competition, which had a Diamond Jubilee theme.

Organisers are hoping for another fantastic response this time around.

l Photographs and video of the scarecrows will feature in the Mail as they start to appear around the village.