The 19th annual Harpole Scarecrow Village Festival took place on 10th – 11th September 2016 open from 11am to 5pm each day.This year’s festival was packed full of fun and entertainment for all the family, we has our usual attractions such as the Open Top bus rides and new attractions such as:-
- Donkey Rides
- Bouncy Castle
- Traditional Stalls
more news on the scarecrows website (link below).
The Harpole Scarecrow Festival raises funds for a variety of village charities and community projects. We aim to provide residents and visitors with a weekend of simple traditional entertainment, which can be enjoyed by the whole family. Some visitors return year after year to see our scarecrow displays and many other activities.
Village residents are encouraged to create and display scarecrows of all shapes and sizes in their gardens and visitors can spend a delightful day meandering around our charming village – you will be amazed at the creativity of Harpole residents!
Why not enjoy the scarecrows from the open top bus that tours the village throughout the weekend? Or perhaps you prefer to browse the stalls, or stop for refreshments and a slice of delicious home-made cake. Just escape for an afternoon of simple family fun
The Harpole Scarecrow Festival was started in 1997 to raise funds for All Saints Church in Harpole.
The continuing success of this endearing village tradition means that it has been possible to carry out a number of vital church projects and repairs over the past few years.In 2007, a new village committee was established made up of representatives from Harpole village charities, and thankfully it includes members of the old church committee who have stayed around to pass on their expertise. Since then the money raised has been distributed to help a wide range of local community projects.
The spirit of Harpole’s Scarecrow festival is all about our community working together to provide a weekend of simple family fun and creativity, whilst raising funds for the benefit of a wide variety of village projects and charitable causes.
The festival is now in it’s 15th year and attracts over 10,000 visitors into the village, some visitors are travelling quite a distance as the event has now become a integral part of the village calendar. It is always a priority of the organising committee that the format of the weekend and activities are constantly reviewed so that visitors always have something new to experience when visiting.
All of the organisation for the weekend, is normally a running 12 month task from one year to the next is carried out by a group of committed volunteers, whether they are on the organising committee or helpers on the day, they all deserve a big thank you for making the Scarecrow Festival the success it is today.
Over the last few years the Scarecrow weekend has supported major projects within Harpole, while also donating funds to individual organisations within the community. Some of the larger projects are listed below:
- Old School Hall – Kitchen refurbishment
- Harpole School – Outdoor Performing Arts Stage
- Church – Church Yard Memorial Renovation
- Bowls Club – Extension Project
- The projects within Harpole that have been major beneficaries are:-
- Play equipment for Harpole Playing Fields
- Harpole Pre-School Charity – Expansion Project
- Playing Fields – Replacement Tractor/Mower
- Whilst the following organisations have benefited :-
- Girl Guides – Camping Equipment
- Boys Brigade – New Band and Camping Equipment
- Harpole Primary School – Outdoor Games/Furniture
- Old School Hall – Fire Alarm and Maintenance
- All Saints Church – Repairs and Maintenance
The historical payments to Harpole organisations are as follows
In addition the proceeds from many of the stalls and refreshments over the weekend were donated to village charities and national charities.
For more information visit our Scarecrow Festival Websitehttp://www.harpole-scarecrows.co.uk/ which we are always updating with the latest stalls, games, activities and information, or visit our facebook page below: