Scarecrow Festival entry increase

20110827- Hillside Scarecrow Festival. 'Stan Flannery inspects a couple of the scarecrows. ' '"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",
20110827- Hillside Scarecrow Festival. 'Stan Flannery inspects a couple of the scarecrows. ' '"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",

THE WEATHER took its toll on Hillside’s annual Scarecrow Festival at the weekend although visitors and locals still turned out in “reasonable numbers” to support it, according to organisers.

Committee member Stephen Valentine said that although visitor numbers were down slightly on previous years, the number of entries to the scarecrow competition had increased.

He also said the standard and ingenuity of the entries, from across the Montrose area, had also been extremely high, posing problems for the judges.

He went on: “It wasn’t as well attended but the weather had a lot to do with that.

“In spite of that people came out in reasonable numbers and we’re very appreciative of everyone who did.

“The entries this year were very good with more than 70, which is up on last year and very encouraging. I’d like to thank everyone who supported us, volunteers, judges and public.”

The festival is organised by the Hillside Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies and Hillside Playgroup and was started in 2007 by local woman Susan Coull who intended it to be a fund-raiser for Dorward House’s renovation and extension project.

It has also been a successful fund-raiser in the past for the organising groups as well as the organisations which take stalls.

Adult Section: Dorward House Night Staff - Papa Smurf, Sheila Mann - Just Learning; Family Section: Diane Forbes - Pie-rates of the Caribbean, Scott Family - Crocodile, Neil Mennie - Circus, Coull Family - Rapunzel, McIntosh Family - Heston Bloominawful. Child Section: 1st Hillside Scouts - Gigantor, Jack Milne - Hobo Crow, Todhunter Grandchildren- Hello Kitty; Children’s Trail Winner - Anna & Ross Warden; Adult Trail Winner - Yvonne Whitworth & Jenny Strachan; Voted Favourite Scarecrow - Mackie Family- Gruffalo; Rosemount School Art Prizes: 1 Amy P5, 2 prize - Fraser P2, 3= Anna P1 & Riley, Nursery