Scarecrow Festival

02nd October 2013
The small village of Pattingham in Staffordshire held its first scarecrow festival in 2011, and this year it staged a second. The festival ran from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September. Scarecrows of many shapes and sizes and on many themes were made by the residents and displayed in their gardens and other prominent places in the village.

There were over a hundred scarecrows located on two routes. Most of the scarecrows were numbered so you could follow the trail map and guide. Additional scarecrows were located on the approach roads, together with a few late additions. The red route was the longest, with 64 scarecrows, and the purple route more compact taking in St. Chad’s church. A tremendous amount of work and imagination had been put in by those creating their scarecrows. Some were topical, such as Andy Murray, others were of classic characters such as Mary Poppins, some more contemporary, and others individual.

To see all the scarecrows you needed to allow three hours walking around – plus any pub time! The children were certainly enjoying it, and many of the adults looked like they were too. Saturday afternoon was busy, and I’d imagine Sunday was even busier. A few examples of the scarecrows are shown below.

Andy Murray

Bob the Builder

Despicable Me

Busy as a Bee

Mary Poppins



Just Married

Mr Men

Little Bo Peep

Scarecrow Autos

All text and images © Keith Rowley 2013

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