First hosted in West Kilbride, Scotland, the scarecrow festival was an initiative to help promote spirit and civic pride within the community and to celebrate its beginnings as an agricultural community. The festival is now widely embraced by West Kilbride residents and businesses.
This is now a very large annual event involving all the residents and many businesses who proudly make and display hundreds of different scarecrows, some very humorous around the community including their gardens. Although the Scarecrow Festival is open to everyone, scarecrow makers do have to complete an entry form and in the past there has been a theme for the scarecrows. The entry fees all go towards the festival and as long as their scarecrows are up by opening day, anything goes. As an added incentive, scarecrow makers can buy scarecrows on stick packs. These packs tell the entry maker everything they need in order to completely make a scarecrow on a stick for the festival. These packs go on sale at the beginning of July. The packs and the entry forms can be found and purchased at some of the craft shops around town, but don’t wait to pick yours up.
This festival is a week long event that opens with a huge parade through West Kilbride and ending at the Kirktonhall Glen where there is a host of afternoon activities for the entire family. This is a free festival for everyone to enjoy and is scheduled for the last part of July in Kirkton Glen in 2009.
In Kirktonhall Glen, you will be amazed at the scarecrows on exhibit, as well as taking in the museum, the galleries and of course your choice of refreshments and meals, not to mention the games, entertainers and the music that will also be available for your enjoyment. Each day there is a list of the events taking place along with the timetable for each so make sure to check for events of interest to you. By doing that, you won’t miss something that you’ve been waiting to see.
Although first hosted in West Kilbride, the Scarecrow Festival is now celebrated in other areas of Scotland, such as Montrose, Thornton Hough Village Green, and Kettlewell. Typically the festivals are free and fun for the entire family however they are also used as a fundraising vehicle to raise money to refurbish some buildings and other community and charitable works. It is definitely something worth checking out.