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Scarecrow Festival,
Desford goes to Hollywood

With just a few weeks to go, the village of Desford is busy preparing itself for the highlight of the year - their annual Scarecrow Festival.  Building on the incredible success of last year, the festival organisers have promised 2018 will be bigger and better.  This year’s theme is “Desford Goes to Hollywood” and residents have already gone movie mad!  Entries have been flooding in from Moana to Jurassic World.  With 119 entries last year, Desford’s inaugural Scarecrow Festival sparked a media frenzy as it became one of the biggest in the UK.  The 2017 festival managed to raise over £10,000 for a range of charities and community groups. 

So what can we expect this year?  The Scarecrow Trail is expected to surpass the 100 entries mark once again and there are a number of streets that have joined together to enter the brand new category “Best Street Theme”.  We already have 8 street entries. which once again shows what an amazing community spirit we have in Desford.  One of the streets that inspired this award was Norfolk Road, who have joined together again this year.  Claire Chamberlain said, “We joined together last year to do Wizard of Oz and it was such fun!  We got to know neighbours that we had never spoken to before and are now good friends.  As soon as this year’s theme was announced, the messages started flying about what we could do together!” 

Not only will there be a fabulous display of scarecrows around the village, there is also a 3 day programme of entertainment on offer including live music, dance, stalls, animal encounters, bouncy castle, a fun fair and a wide range of refreshments on sale.  The hub of the event will be St Martin’s Church Centre where a ‘Hollywood Premiere Party’ will take place.  There really is something for everyone to discover and enjoy.  A highlight of this year’s festival is the arrival of “The Desford Eye. 

For more information go to the website or visit the Facebook page.

Scarecrow Festival 2018

25th-27th August

This year’s theme is


Please start planning your scarecrow now and look out for posters with more details