Scarecrow trail draws crowds to harvest event

Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Archie Markham 5 and Erin Markham with their scarecrow. EMN-150710-161306001
Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Archie Markham 5 and Erin Markham with their scarecrow. EMN-150710-161306001

It was a straw-stuffed day of fun and games at the Billinghay Scarecrow Trail and Harvest Festival.

The event last week was organised by people behind Billinghay Park Project and the Billinghay Community Plan.

Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Ellie-Mae Robinson 14 of Lincoln performing in the Village Hall. She has just been accepted to audition on Britains Got Talent. EMN-150710-161330001

Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Ellie-Mae Robinson 14 of Lincoln performing in the Village Hall. She has just been accepted to audition on Britains Got Talent. EMN-150710-161330001

Organisers said there were 35 entries and they lost count of the number of people collecting maps to join in.

The winning scarecrow was judged to be Penny Gilbert with Scoopy Poo, followed by Jim and Bev South with the Room on the Broom and Nicola Pagget with Shadrach.

Highly commended went to Alan Wells with The Ashes and Billinghay Children’s Centre with Old MacDonald. Old Mill Crafts created a fantastic trophy for the winner.

People paid 50p for a map of the trail which went towards the park project appeal. There were stalls, games, a home produce competition and guest appearances from children’s TV characters at the village hall, as well as live music by 14-year-old vocalist Ellie Mae Robinson.

Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Organiser of Billinghay park project Amanda Thornton, with her scarecrows. EMN-150710-161241001

Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Organiser of Billinghay park project Amanda Thornton, with her scarecrows. EMN-150710-161241001

Billinghay Community Plan is asking residents where they want houses, shops and employment opportunities. The Park Project aims to improve playing field facilities.

Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Mary Thackery with Harry Potter scarecrow she made with her Great Grandson. EMN-150710-161341001

Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Mary Thackery with Harry Potter scarecrow she made with her Great Grandson. EMN-150710-161341001

Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Hayley Chew of The Old Butchers Tea Room. EMN-150710-161256001

Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Hayley Chew of The Old Butchers Tea Room. EMN-150710-161256001

Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Billinghay Princess, Isabel Carter 6 with the Brownies scarecrow that she helped to make. EMN-150710-161501001

Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Billinghay Princess, Isabel Carter 6 with the Brownies scarecrow that she helped to make. EMN-150710-161501001