Scarecrow festival to shine

editorial image

Straw-stuffed stars will line the streets for the annual Underwood Scarecrow Festival this Bank Holiday weekend.

Now in its seventh year, the event will run for three days from Saturday to Monday.

Fundraising will be an integral part with money going to the Wish To Walk campaign to help fund a life-changing operation for Underwood toddler Theo Hunt and St Michael’s Church.

Dozens of scarecrows are expected to be on show with this year’s theme being Shakespeare to mark what would be his 450th birthday.

Penny Fell, who organises the event with friend Rachel Lake, said: “There’s about 35 around the village, some of them are doing Shakespeare, and some are doing puns on Shakespeare.

“They are brilliant and a lot of people put a lot of effort in each year for this, some make scenes, not just one scarecrow - they love doing it, we call them ‘scarecrowers’.

“It’s a great family day out and we usually get plenty of people visiting Underwood.”

The event is based at St Michael’s Church where visitors can buy a map and guide to all of the scarecrows, a quiz sheet and enjoy a barbecue each day.