The village of Minskip, near Boroughbridge, is holding its popular annual Scarecrow Competition again this weekend (September 3-4).
The competition, which has established a fine reputation during the past couple of years, sees almost the entire village making scarecrows which then line the main street in a blaze of colour throughout the weekend.
This year’s theme is Pantomime (On Yes, it Is!).
One of the main organisers Debbie Hargreaves explained:
It’s absolutely wonderful how so many villagers have made scarecrows in the past and I expect the same this year. The competition has really caught the imagination of the village and the standard is incredibly high.
It’s great fun and all proceeds from the competition go towards our little church, which, like so many rural churches, is desperately in need of money.
It may still be summer, but the Panto season has come early to the village. I can’t wait to see Buttons, Widow Twanky, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk and even the back end of a horse all fighting it out to win our prestigious competition.
Apart from raising money for the church, the Scarecrow Competition is a brilliant way of creating and enhancing community spirit within Minskip. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming village and this weekend is a great example of this.
The entry fee is £10 and the competition will be judged by Minskip councillor Monika Kaczmarczyk. Prizes have been donated by Thorpe Perrow Arboretum and two Minskip businesses The Wild Swan pub and restaurant and the Yolk Farmshop.
I’d like to thank all three for their generosity.
They are all committed to our local community, and we are very grateful to them.
The winners of the competition will be announced on Sunday afternoon (September 4) at 3.00pm in the garden in front of the church.
There will be a Pop-Up Barbecue, Pimms, Tea and Coffee, Tombola and various stalls from 12 noon to 4.00pm in the church garden on Sunday. Everyone is welcome.
I’m sure that this special weekend will mean that Minskip, once again, will be the talking point of the local area, cementing our reputation as the finest creators of scarecrows in the whole of North Yorkshire.
Robert Beaumont, senior churchwarden of Minskip Church, said:
I’d like to thank Debbie for all her hard work, enthusiasm and imagination in creating this fantastic weekend. It will raise much-needed money for our lovely little church.