It’s official, Fleetwood is going scarecrow crazy!
At least 190 figures will invade the town for two weeks for Fleetwood’s first ever Scarecrow Festival.
The event, which organisers say has snowballed beyond belief, has captured the imagination of the public and is helping to create a summer feelgood factor across the town.
Running from July 7 to 20, the festival will incorporate a competition, supported by the Fleetwood Weekly News, with a substantial prize on offer.
Main organiser Shaun MacNeill, who had a vision of an event which would rival that of other festivals, said there has been so much enthusiasm.
He said: “There are more than 50 confirmed businesses taking part and there are more being added to the list all the time.
“We have had 120 donated scarecrows from the Blackpool Civic Trust and local schools are taking part, too.
“There are already scarecrows at Lighthouse Stationers and also at Walsh’s in Poulton Road.
“They’re popping up all over the place. The idea has really grown and has encouraged and enthused other people to take part.
“I think with the success of the football club, the town is perking up. And with the scarecrows it doesn’t cost a lot to make them but their impact is significant.
“If we can make this work people will come from miles around to see them – and bring in more trade.”
A giant scarecrow has been completed at Farmer Parr’s Animal World, and will stand in the farm grounds on Amounderness Way.
Other figures will be displayed at the Eros roundabout and at various spots around the town.
The main focus, however, will be in the town centre outside local shops and businesses.
Sophie Wells, who is helping to organise the event, said: “We want everyone to ‘get stuffing’ and make a scarecrow. It will be great to see the town covered in them.”
For more information go online at www.facebook.com/fleetwoodscarecrowfestival