Future of scarecrow competition in doubt

Tina Morrison, Malcolm Morrison and Gillian Riley at Market Weighton's Giant Scarecrow Competition
Tina Morrison, Malcolm Morrison and Gillian Riley at Market Weighton's Giant Scarecrow Competition

Market Weighton’s Giant Scarecrow Competition may not take place next year due to a lack of interest.

The third annual event attracted just 13 entries last week, despite huge numbers taking part in previous years.

Lesley Jane Holt, Market Weighton Town Council’s town clerk, said that organisers had been left “disappointed” by the poor response.

“It went okay, but there weren’t as many entrants as we’ve had previously. We’re not sure if the competition will go ahead next year,” she added.

“Obviously we want to encourage people to get involved as Market Weighton has looked great in the past with the scarecrows all over town.

“As a town council we’ve done our best to promote the event and let people know it was happening, but it seems that the interest just hasn’t been there this year.”

Ms Holt was however keen to praise those who did enter a scarecrow in the competition.

“We still had some really creative entries,” she continued.

“Marilyn Mon-crow and Tweedledee and Tweedledum were a couple that really stood out.”

At the time of going to press, a winner of the competition was yet to be chosen with votes from members of the public still being received.

The town council expect to announce the winner by the end of the week and an awards evening will be held at the Community Centre in Station Road on October 16.

More pictures from the event in this week’s (4 June) Pocklington Post.