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Popular scarecrow festival coming to Belbroughton
1:30pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
MORE than 20,000 people are expected to flock to Belbroughton later this month to the village’s 16th annual scarecrow festival which is based on a patriotic theme.
Organisers have been busy making sure visitors to this year’s scarecrow fest on September 28 - 29 have something to crow about.
The theme is the Best of British with villagers pulling out all the stops to line the streets with straw stuffed creations.
Other attractions include a farmers’ market, a champagne and cider tent, craft fair, classic cars and motorbikes, farm animals, steam train, bungi trampolines and face painting.
Event spokesperson Annette Adey said: “There really is something for everyone to enjoy and we are looking forward to welcoming all our visitors again.
“The festival has been made possible because of help from the many volunteers – without them we could not stage it.”
At the parish school there will be falconry displays, a BBQ and many craft stalls.
In Holy Trinity Church, there will be a bell ringing demonstration and people can climb the 69 steps to the top of the church tower to enjoy views over the village.
The parish church will host an exhibition by Hagley Art Club and floral displays, music workshops, a performance by Holy Trinity Junior Musicians, organ recitals and a special scarecrow praise service.
The theme was selected from a competition for the children of Belbroughton and was suggested by Scarlett Vaughan, age nine, as was the programme cover, which was drawn by Poppy Crabtree, also age nine.
More than 20,000 scarecrow fans attended last year’s festival with organisers confident the figure will rise this year.
Gates open at 10.30am.
Entrance costs £7 for a family of two adults and three children, £3 for adults, £2 for OAPs and £1 for children aged five to 14. Car parking is free.
All proceeds from the event go to local charities.
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