Scarecrows set to be out in force

Children from Hillside Playgroup are pictured preparing their entries for this year's Scarecrow Festival.'Staff photograph
Children from Hillside Playgroup are pictured preparing their entries for this year's Scarecrow Festival.'Staff photograph

EXCITEMENT is building in Hillside ahead of the village’s annual Scarecrow Festival, which will be held this weekend.

Now in its sixth year, the festival consistently attracts hundreds of visitors from across the Angus area and further afield and the number of scarecrow entries has increased year on year to help make the event a firm fixture in the district’s calendar.

The organising committee, which consists of the local Rainbows and Brownies, Scouts and playgroup, is hoping that this year’s festival will be the best yet.

Committee member Stephen Valentine said: “Last year saw almost 70 scarecrows entered, showing fantastic innovation and skill, and we would hope that we can match or surpass that this year. To do so will require the whole community to get behind the event.”

As well as the scarecrow trail to follow there will be a variety of stalls, entertainment, barbecue, teas and coffees and home baking. Prizes are on offer for the best scarecrows and winners of the adult and children’s trail, forms for which are available with maps, from stewards along the route.

Any group, family or business wishing to enter a scarecrow for the competition can do so by collecting an entry form from the village post office on Main Road or by contacting Stephen Valentine on 01674 830494. To make it even easier, free straw for stuffing scarecrows is available from Charleton Farm, Charleton Road, and any entries not included on the route will be placed in the village park where they can be appreciated by all.

The festival will run from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, September 1, and 12 noon to 4pm on September 2.