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Scarecrow Festival 2015

The 7th Annual Scarecrow Festival was our most successful to date and we estimate that over a thousand people came along on the day. As an added bonus the sun also shone for the whole day! The regular attractions from previous years such as the miniature train ride, book, plant, drink and cake stalls, plus various games were as popular as ever. To add to those attractions, this year we also had local storytellers from Write Blend plus Punch and Judy performances throughout the afternoon.These were very popular with the children, as was the carousel, another attraction new for this year and the face-painting by Cheeky Parties. Dave ’fingers’ provided the music on his piano.

There were 12 entries for the Scarecrow competition, some of which were Battle of Waterloo related. The winner was ‘Brian May’ by Reuben and Xavi Marsden, followed closely by ’Dancing into Battle’ by Daisy and Jacob Hesketh, and ‘Jack Sparrow and Bill’ by Erin and Ruby Silcock taking 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

Our performance area was a fantastic addition to the Festival and we were treated to a number of great acts. Special mention must go to the children of the Signing Choir from Crosby High School, the Taekwondo demonstration from Train Hard Taekwondo in Crosby, and the dance/singing performance from Stage Door Theatre School , also from Crosby, all of whom were excellent. There was also a demonstration of NIA techniques from Patricia Mackrell. NIA stands for Neuromuscular Integrative Action, and is a mixture of movements from various other disciplines such as dance, martial arts and yoga.

Arts and Crafts were well provided for. Outside Marine Garden there was a display of various artwork on the railings and craft stalls. A couple of local artists came along with their work including Roger McDonald and John Sutherst. Whilst Jon and Ste made the journey from the SING centre in Seaforth to do various craft activities with the children, one of which was making mini-scarecrows.

There are way too many people to thank individually for their contribution to the success of the day, but we would like to mention the people who came along to help us in the morning: to Friends of Bowersdale Park, Friends of Rimrose Valley and Friends of Old Christ Church, all of whom made the onerous task of setting up the event easier for us. Also to Friends of Moorside Park for baking for us, Waterloo Community Centre for the home-made soup, Tony Almond for the donations and Heather Currie for volunteering to be our official photographer for the day.

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