No festival in 2020

LAST year's event was the Community Association's fifth Scarecrow Festival. To give both the organisers and our inventive scarecrow-builders a well-earned break, we have decided not to hold a festival in 2020.

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The judges join with others in admiring 'Dinnertime at Cubs Camp' on Sandal Avenue

2019 festival

Inventive Sandal cubs do the double at 2019 festival

SANDAL Methodist Cubs swept the board at the 2019 Sandal Scarecrow Festival, scooping both top prizes with a display that drew all-round admiration. The official judges placed them first and they were also voted People’s Choice in the public judging.

The cubs’ entries always do well but their display on Sandal Avenue, entitled ‘Dinnertime at Cub Camp’, contained an array of features that impressed everyone.

Runner-up for the People’s Choice was John Harrison’s ‘Who Dunnit?’ on South Drive (pictured), followed by ‘Rocketman’ (pictured) entered by the Leggeter Family on Manygates Lane. ‘Rocketman’ also earned a highly commended certificate from the festival judges, together with the Brook Family’s ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ on Walton Lane and the Friends of Sandal Castle’s ‘King of the Castle and his Rascal’.

The poor weather was a disappointment but failed to stop families turning out for the festival, the fifth organised by Sandal Community Association. The scarecrow trail took visitors round parts of Sandal, ending up at the cricket club where there were children’s activities, mostly under cover, for the two-day event. These ranged from arts and crafts to drumming, from number fun to cookie decorating. Youngsters were able to enjoy designing and making their own scarecrow keyrings, play at the Lego table, get their faces painted or grab a balloon modelled into whatever they fancy.  Outside, the popular hay bales made a return as well as a bouncy castle. There was also entertainment from Studio A Theatre and Lindsey Farrow.

The festival was opened in colourful style in St Helen’s church rooms on the Saturday by Great British Bake Off star Karen Wright (pictured in our photo carousel), who also donated a decorated cake for the raffle. Sandal Art Group ran a children’s scarecrow art competition at the church rooms on Saturday, with prizes in three age groups. A toy stall run on both days in the cricket clubhouse by the Sandal fundraising group for Wakefield Hospice was very well supported.

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