Saturday 27 December 2014

Scaring up a great time at novel county festival

Published 02/08/2014 | 02:30

The festival also includes the All Ireland Scarecrow Championships. Inset, a scarecrow installation called Mrs Brown's Buoys on the banks of the Erkina River. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The festival also includes the All Ireland Scarecrow Championships. Inset, a scarecrow installation called Mrs Brown's Buoys on the banks of the Erkina River. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Patrick Ryan (3) enjoys the Durrow Scarecrow Festival in Co Laois. The festival also includes the All Ireland Scarecrow Championships.

THERE were plump ones, scrawny sorts and even scarecrows sporting pink polka-dot dresses at the annual scarefest in a Co Laois village.

There were throngs of people flocking to look at this year's creations at the Durrow Scarecrow Festival.

Even comedian Brendan O'Carroll made a surprise appearance but he looked a little leaner than usual in the middle of the scarecrow installation called 'Mrs Brown's Buoys' at the fifth All-Ireland championship.

Evelyn Clancy, chair of the Durrow Development Forum, said: "The highlight of the festival is of course the All Ireland Scarecrow Championships in which over 120 scarecrows from the four corners of Ireland and beyond will compete to win a prize."

And there was plenty of competition for a slice of the €3,000 prize fund.

Irish Independent

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