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Fleetwood scarecrow hunt launched – and it’s huge

Fleetwood Scarecrow Festival.  Organiser Shaun MacNeill (centre) with Alex Smith, Alfie Preston-Stefani and Shaun Garrett from Riverside Amusements.

Fleetwood Scarecrow Festival. Organiser Shaun MacNeill (centre) with Alex Smith, Alfie Preston-Stefani and Shaun Garrett from Riverside Amusements.

There are scarecrows everywhere you turn!

There are scarecrows everywhere you turn!

Never before has an event captured the imagination of the town in such a short space of time than the first ever Fleetwood Scarecrow Festival.

Organisers say that it’s taken off beyond their wildest dreams, and there’s no getting away from it, it’s a booming success.

The festival notches up a gear this week with the launch of the Spot the Mini Scarecrow competition which will hopefully help our local businesses by increasing footfall through the door while at the same time giving residents a chance to scoop prizes.

Shaun MacNeill, who has worked tirelessly with a small group of local people to get the event off the ground, said: “When we first talked about it we thought that we would get 30 or so shops involved.

“We didn’t think it would take off like it has.

“We are now getting people phoning in asking if they can take part.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone for joining in and making it so successful.

“It shows what a wonderful community we have in Fleetwood – it’s a town with a heart.

“I think people have enjoyed it because it has never been done before in Fleetwood, the shops are trying to whip up businesses and people are thinking ‘let’s have it, it’s great fun’.”

To enter the competition, readers have to use the entry form printed in this week’s Fleetwood Weekly News. Each business or shop listed has a small scarecrow placed somewhere inside the premises. Some pubs are taking part, too, but their scarecrows will be pinned to the doors.

The idea is to spot the scarecrow and match its number to the shop or business listed on the entry form.

To help further, each participating business has a ‘Find Me Inside’ poster on the door or window.

The winner will be the person with the most correct answers.

In the event of a tie break, a draw will be made to determine the winner.

The closing date is Saturday July 19 and entry forms can be handed in at Oystons Estate Agents, the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood Library or any of the town’s primary schools.

Judges will be out and about in Fleetwood on the final day to find the winning scarecrow and to award trophies.

Delighted Shaun added: “This will certainly not be a one-off. We’ll have a chat after the event and find out how it all went. We will definitely be doing it again next year.”

See next week’s Weekly News for the latest on the great Fleetwood Scarecrow Hunt.

 

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