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Seven winners chosen in town's scarecrow festival

By Charlotte Bentley | North Shropshire | North Shropshire entertainment | Published:

Wem Scarecrow Festival finished with a bang as seven winners were announced from more than 50 entries.

As part of a fundraising event for the Wem Mayor's charitable fund, the town was taken over by a total of 54 scarecrows, all dressed up to different themes.

Hoping to raise money for local youth organisations, organisers of the festival wanted people to be able to have fun creating the scarecrows and also visiting everyone else.

Overall, seven winners were chosen from the creative entries and £580 was raised for youth clubs in and around the Wem area.

Organiser Sue Holliday, said it was really hard for the committee to choose winners as they were all amazing.

She said: "We hope to repeat it as we had an amazing response, despite it being our first time. More than 100 judging sheets went out to the public for them to vote their favourites as they walked round.

"We have taken on board suggestions of categories and route maps for next year. Our next event will be the Christmas Wheelbarrow Fun Run."

The committee wanted to create something fun the whole town could get involved in, even while social distancing. So a scarecrow festival was the perfect idea. Residents of Wem made their way around the town to judge their favourite scarecrow entries and entered them into a judging sheet that was then compiled by the committee.

The seven winners were 18 Summerfield road for 'Save our Planet'; 7 Trentham road for 'Scarecrow and Scarecow'; 19 Sun grove for 'Scarecrow's day off'; The hollies for 'Worzel & Aunt Sally date night'; Halo hairdressers for 'Edward Scissorhands'; White Haynes for 'The Owl' and 11 Aston road for the 'Constant Gardener'.

Charlotte Bentley

By Charlotte Bentley
Community Reporter - @CharlotteB_Star

Community Reporter at the Shropshire Star, helping under-represented communities to find a voice in Shropshire and Mid Wales. Contact me at charlotte.bentley@shropshirestar.co.uk.

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