News Maidstone Scarecrow Festival winners receive prizes from Mayor

Maidstone Scarecrow Festival winners  receive prizes from Mayor image

The winners of the Maidstone Scarecrow Festival were presented with their prizes when they were visited by the Mayor.

Organised by Maidstone Borough Council (MBC), the inaugural festival was inundated with entries and saw 30 scarecrows which were made by community groups and local schools, displayed around the town centre in October. Members of the public were asked to vote for their favourites to select the ‘Best School’ and the ‘Best Community Group’ Scarecrow.

The 2022 winners were Five Acre Wood’s - Maple Class for the school category with their ‘Timmy Plotter’ scarecrow, inspired by their Head Teacher; and the community group was won by the 2nd Allington Brownies with their ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ scarecrow.

The Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Derek Mortimer met the winners of the competition and presented each with a £250 prize.

Commenting on the festival the Mayor said:

The Maidstone Scarecrow Festival has proved a huge success. It was fantastic to see so many different ones displayed all around the town in this its first year.

It was clear looking at all the scarecrows entered in to the competition the fun people had in making them.  The festival is a great example of bringing together community groups and encouraging schools to get involved.

When presenting the prizes the Mayor spent time with each group, meeting the creators, answering questions from the children and had photos taken with the winning scarecrows.

Derek continued:

I would like to say a huge congratulations to both groups who won and well done to everyone who took part and those who voted this year. I look forward to seeing more in the festival when it is back next year.

A Thriving Place is one of the four priorities of Maidstone Borough Council and the Scarecrow Festival reflects that.

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