Gisburn scarecrow festival to go ‘international’

Gisburn Brownies and leader Barbara Stirton admire the Guides' entry 'Home to Oz.'
Gisburn Brownies and leader Barbara Stirton admire the Guides' entry 'Home to Oz.'
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A village scarecrow festival is about to go worldwide, with a theme of “Countries”.

Children, adults and businesses in Gisburn are busy making scarecrow characters to represent countries for the village’s second scarecrow festival, held on Saturday and Sunday, May 16th and 17th.

The inaugural festival last year, with a theme of children’s books, was a great success and attracted more than 1,000 visitors who came to follow the scarecrow trail.

“The village was buzzing after last year’s event, and it’s buzzing again,” said organising committee member Kirsty Hopcraft.

“As a result of last year’s, we’ve got some more members on the committee to help with everything.”

This year’s event will again include a mini scarecrow hunt for toddlers, colouring in the village hall, a raffle and tombola and home-made cakes.

All the profits are for Gisburn Festival Hall, which is run by volunteers and provides a venue for many kinds of events.

Park House B&B has offered an overnight stay as main raffle prize, and Smallbone Cars have donated cash. The organisers are appealing for more raffle prizes; contact 07793 503410.