Scarecrow Festival

by | 9 August 2019 | Community Event, Retford

Over the past decade The Ordsall Scarecrow Festival has seen many wonderful creations; fabulous groups working together, friendships made and people having lots of fun in the process. Every year residents celebrate the joy of joining together in a community event that puts a smile on so many faces and helps to keep the parish hall on Church Lane open, as a great place for the whole community.
This year’s festival weekend is Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September.n Once again, organisers will run two traditional competitions:

  • The golden pitchfork trophy — for the winner of the most popular scarecrow made by individuals, couples and families
  • The golden hook trophy — for the most popular scarecrow made by clubs/schools/groups/businesses.
    Both of these trophies are awarded to the entry that receives the highest number of votes cast using the ballot paper found on the festival maps.

And there is also:

  • ‘The spirit of the festival’ trophy —which will be awarded to the entry in either category which the organising committee feels best expresses the ‘community spirt’ which underpins the scarecrow festival.

And as ever, the organisers will be keeping an eye out for a street or road which has made a particularly impressive collaborative effort and awarding them the ‘quality street’ award.
You can pick up a registration form from Ordsall Church, Ordsall Parish Hall or online at or leave your details on the church answer phone 01777 702515. The absolute deadline for registering a scarecrow is Sunday 18th August.
Organisers would like as many scarecrows as possible to take part, so that this year’s festival is another spectacular success and so that they can sell lots and lots of scarecrow festival maps to all of the scarecrow spotters!
Please consider making a scarecrow so that the 2019 festival is as successful as previous years.