Organisers of this year’s Lubenham Scarecrow festival have released results of the various comeptitions and draws held throughout the weekend.
The event last weekend saw thousands of people descend on Lubenham to marvel at villagers’ straw creations and enjoy a funfair, live music and other attractions.
Trish Woods, of the Scarecrow Committee, said: “We thought last year’s Scarecrow Festival was going to be hard to beat but we were happily proved wrong.
“Even the weather, forecast to be sunshine and scattered showers on the Saturday and sunshine and heavy showers on the Sunday, was on our side – it conveniently rained briefly at Saturday teatime and, despite a gathering of black clouds on the Sunday afternoon, obliged us with no more than a few drops.
“The weekend was fabulous. There were over 100 scarecrows on display around the village, with the evil Gru and his minions menacing the village at every corner and Richard lll discovered in numerous places.
“Sporting characters were out in force – Scaremo (Farrah), Gareth “Bale” and David “Hay” – and there were plenty of Ashes.
“The royal baby of course graced us with his presence at several points around the village. And there was a stunning tableau of the Dambuster raid in the roadside field at Papillon Hall Farm. (If any of you missed it, it will be there for a little while longer.
“Thousands of visitors came to enjoy the weekend, including visitors from Queensland and Texas. There was so much for them to see and do.
“The Green and the West Field were full of all sorts of attractions - crafts, games, fairground rides, food stalls. The tractor trailer rides as always were a great favourite.
“Our first fun Dog Show on the Saturday afternoon, organised by the Market Harborough and District Canine Society, was a much enjoyed success with over 70 entries. The live entertainment was provided by wonderfully talented performers.
“One of the nicest tributes to the event was given by the manager of the Big Help Academy, Dutch van Spall, whose performers provided the music for the whole of Sunday afternoon.
“Dutch said his musicians had performed at many big venues around the country but had a particular fondness for Lubenham because of the lovely community atmosphere.
“So, to all those people who helped put the weekend together in so many ways, to all those who made scarecrows and to all those visitors who came to support the event and who created such a happy, relaxed weekend, a very big thank you. See you next year.”
Best Scarecrow voted by visitors:
1st Prize (£50) Snow White, by Vinnie Crook of Laughton Road
2nd Prize (£15 Denise Hairdressing voucher) Star Wars by Jack Crook, Jamie and Sam Rushby of Laughton Road
3rd Prize (Marstons Roebuck £20 meal voucher) Minions by Matti and Sam Ward, of Main Street
4th Prize (Foxton Boat Trip for 4) Minions and Gru by William and Eleanor Wale, of School Lane
5th Prize (Manor Farm 5 children passes) Peppa Pig and the Princess’s Throne by the Beavan and Bootheway families, Laughton Rd.
Draw for registered scarecrows:
1st Prize (Waitrose £50 voucher) Ian Johnson, Rushes Lane - Cardinal/Pope
2nd Prize (Hamper) Stella Pridmore, Paget Road - Fisherman
3rd Prize (Waitrose £10 gift card) Emma Humphreys, Church Walk - Old Woman who lived in a shoe
4th Prize (Kids Play family ticket) Caroline and Mick, Rushes Lane - Cricketer
5th Prize (Sunday Lunch, Coach & Horses) Mr/Ms Ratley, Westland Close Minnions assembling Gru
6th Prize (Lazer Maze voucher) Stella Dalby, Tower Court - David “Hay”
7th Prize (Kids Play ticket) Beryl Smythe, School Lane - Strawberry Fields
Scarecrow Prize Draw:
1st Prize (£150) Mr. Draper, Mkt Harborough
2nd Prize (£75) Jo Osborne, Mkt Harborough
3rd Prize (Black Country Museum Family Ticket) Mr/Ms Harcombe
plus 16 more prize winners
Lucky Draw for visitors who voted for scarecrows:
£10 Jane Taylor of Braybrooke
The Big Help Academy is looking for talented singers in the Harborough area.
If you are interested in developing your talent and performing, individually or as part of a choir, visit www.bighelp.biz or search for them on Facebook.