Now in its 7th Year, the very popular Wilmslow Rotary Scarecrow Festival kicks off on Saturday, 18th June, and as always, some of the scariest, most amusing and very creative creatures will be hiding in doorways, hanging from windows and generally skulking around the town.
This colourful event attracts an increasing number of visitors to the town, creates greater awareness of the local business and generates much needed funds for the Rotary Club of Wilmslow Dean which are used to support local worthy causes and charities.
Some wonderful saw creations have already started to appear around the town including two 8ft scarecrows along Chapel Lane.
Members of the Chapel Lane Business Group decorated them by displaying items which represent their businesses and to raise additional funds for the local charities they are running two prize draws. Firstly, 'Name the Scarecrows' which will be drawn on Wednesday 22nd June - so organisers can put name badges on the scarecrows before the end of the festival. Secondly, a prize draw for 'Guess which items on the scarecrows fit which Chapel Lane Business Group members' shop'. This will be drawn on Sunday 10th July at the Wilmslow Show.*
Once again one of the highlights will be the Scarecrow Parade which takes place on Saturday 2nd July, featuring the Cheshire Constabulary Police Brass Band and Drummers. They will of course be joined by regular attendees Rosie and Robin, the two Rotary scarecrows along with their friends from the Rainbows and Brownies as they set off from the library at 11.30am and then from Bank Square at 2pm.
The family 'Scarecrow Hunt' competition will also be taking place this year providing lots of fun and the chance to win some great prizes. Hunt forms will shortly be available from Wheeldon Opticians on Hawthorn Lane shortly.
The Scarecrow Festival will run until July 1st after which selected scarecrows will be on display in the rotary tent at the Wilmslow Show on Sunday 10th July where visitors will be invited to choose their favourite.
Geoff Shelmerdine, organiser with the members of the Rotary Club, said "Having organised this event for the past seven years I still get a real buzz from seeing the scarecrows appear around the town and the reaction of the general public – especially on parade day.
"Additionally, businesses have been encouraged to link into the In Bloom theme to add even more colour to the town. The businesses who support this event have contributed much needed funds to our Rotary aims of supporting those less fortunate in our local community and for this we are eternally grateful. Long may this event continue."
*Entrance to both prize draws is 50p and entry forms can be collected from Stationery Solutions, Motrax and Chelsea Flowers on Chapel Lane.