The arrival of the Barrow Scarecrow Festival was a much-needed distraction from all that has taken place over the previous months. It was an opportunity for everyone to come together as a community and to show off their talent and creativity.
As you walked through the streets of Barrow they were filled once again with energy and life. Both young and old, map in hand, were exploring the many roads and cul-de-sacs while admiring the straw-filled displays.
My parents, sister and I started at the Willow Road estate and zig-zagged through the streets viewing the incredible creations people had clearly worked very hard to make. They were all fantastic and a few really stood out in my mind. One was ‘ Summer Afternoon’ on Furrow Close, with its bright, vibrant colours, including stones painted with the flags of countries and a duck made from a high heeled shoe! It was so pretty. Another was the Harry Potter entry which was created by William Luxton and his family. This was cleverly displayed with Harry balancing on a broomstick making it look like he was flying.
On our way through the Strancliffe Road estate we noticed a rogue fire fighter hanging from the side of a house. It was very authentic with his real fireman’s hose propped over his shoulder.
About half way through the entries we took a well-earned break at one of the local pubs. It was nice to see so many other people enjoying the sunshine and having the same idea as us. Luckily the rain stayed away for us.
While we were walking around, we noticed several collections for charities – one house was collecting cans to help build Helipads for Hospitals, another was selling handmade items for Rainbows. It was nice to see people donating to these worthy causes.
I was also amused by the play on words used to name the creations: Scare-Grylls outside the Scout Hut, The Crowzens depicted by Elsa, Anna and Olaf, The Red B’Arrow and A-Straw-Naut. These were very imaginative.
Finally, after four and a half hours of walking, and rather sore feet, we had viewed all the entries. They ranged from a collection of wartime memories, to current film and book characters. I really don’t know how the judges managed to choose the winners. However, the winning entry ‘ Up!’ was definitely a worthy winner. The lemonade was a nice touch and very thirst quenching.
It really was an exceptional event with every entry being a winner in my eyes. It was obviously enjoyed by so many and I would love this to become an annual event so that my family could perhaps get more involved with it next time.
Thank you BUSCA for organising such a lovely event!