Festival scarecrows are in a field of their own

There’s no doubt about it, this year’s Fleetwood Scarecrow Festival is in full swing!

The most amazing and creative scarecrows are popping up all over the place, in front gardens, on church fields, even scaling shop fronts in the town centre.

Fleetwood Scarecrow Festival. Pictured is the Scarecrow at St Peter's Church

Fleetwood Scarecrow Festival. Pictured is the Scarecrow at St Peter's Church

And on the back of the hugely successful and first ever festival last year, organisers are promising an even bigger show of straw-filled scarecrows over the next couple of weeks.

Businesses are getting on board too and it is hoped that by the end of the week there will be scarecrows lining the entrance into Fleetwood along Amounderness Way.

Shops in the town centre are displaying their own scarecrows too.

Sophie Wells, one of the festival’s main organisers said: “There has been a great response so far, people are making them from scratch and again it is really capturing the imagination.

It just brings a feel good factor to the town, it’s something different and makes people smile!

“It just brings a feel good factor to the town, it’s something different and makes people smile!”

There is a competition this year to find the town’s favourite scarecrow.

To enter, people need to post a picture and the scarecrow’s name or theme to the festival’s Facebook page or website. A team of judges will decide which are the best 10 and they will be printed in The Gazette’s sister paper the Fleetwood Weekly News for voting next week.

There will be a super trophy presented to the winner.

Added Sophie: “We really hope people will enter their scarecrows, it’s great to see how creative people are and brings some fun to the event.”

Organisers are also hoping people will leave their scarecrows up for the judging of Fleetwood in Bloom which is due to take place the week beginning July 20. Last year the judges praised the scarecrows and asked that they be part of the 2015 entry.

“It would be lovely if people could keep their scarecrows up for an extra week and try to include something floral with them to give the town a good chance in the Fleetwood in Bloom competition,” added Sophie.

To enter your scarecrow log on to www.fleetwoodscarecrows.co.uk