First Dyke scarecrow festival is a great success

Scarecrow Festival at Dyke.  Margaret Barnett with Holly (11) and Sophie (9) Brown. EMN-140920-171538009

Scarecrow Festival at Dyke. Margaret Barnett with Holly (11) and Sophie (9) Brown. EMN-140920-171538009

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Residents of Dyke showed their creative talents as 44 scarecrows were displayed throughout the village at the weekend to celebrate the end of the harvest season.

Samantha Coles, Dyke Village Hall committee member and organiser of the event, said: “For the first festival, it far surpassed our expectations. Scarecrows were displayed throughout the entire village, showing real community spirit. There was no end to the talent as people competed to win prizes for the best creations. People drove from up to 40 minutes away to take a look.”

Will Ash, local farmer and judge, said: “It was great to see so many people take part and very difficult to judge.”

There was one clear winner though, Sandra Coles - coincidently Samantha’s mother - was given first prize not only by the official judge, Mr Ash, but also won the children’s vote.

She created flower pot flower girl and kindly donated her cash prize of £25 back to Dyke Village Hall, but was pleased to accept the box of chocolates she also won.

Sandra said: “My scarecrow represented my hobbies: gardening, flowers and crafts. I was glad people noticed her as my house is off the main road. The best bit was seeing the smiles on people’s faces as they came through the village. It was a lot of fun and a real talking point.”

Samantha said there was a real buzz in the village pub The Wishing Well Inn, which donated the competition prize money. She said people are already planning their scarecrows for next year.