Gisburn to host first scarecrow festival

Northowram Scarecrow Festival
Northowram Scarecrow Festival

Scarecrows will help to boost community spirit in Gisburn, when the village holds its first-ever scarecrow festival on Saturday and Sunday June 28th and 29th from 10 am to 4 pm on both days.

Themed around children’s books and characters from them, Gisburn Scarecrow Festival includes prizes for the best scarecrows, a scarecrow trail for visitors to follow, a prize draw for completed trail lists, a mini-scarecrow hunt for the tots, a cafe in the Festival Hall and a raffle with prizes including a weekend stay in a lodge at Ribblesdale Park and a Sunday night bed and breakfast at Stirk House.

Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Rainbows, Guides, aerobics group and the village primary school are all involved, and so far there are 25 scarecrow entries and more to come.

“We are keen to make it a success,” said Festival Hall bookings secretary Lindsay McGlynn.

“Gisburn currently has no vicar for our beautiful church and the last village pub has been closed since October. Events like this help to bring the community closer together and will hopefully attract a new vicar and landlord.”