Not long now until Lubenham Scarecrow festival returns!

George Wright, Dylan Wright and Elliot Wright with one of the giant straw creations from last year's Lubenham scarecrow weekend. (Mail picture by: Andrew Carpenter)
George Wright, Dylan Wright and Elliot Wright with one of the giant straw creations from last year's Lubenham scarecrow weekend. (Mail picture by: Andrew Carpenter)

The ever-popular Lubenham Scarecrow festival is now just weeks away.

This year’s festival, now in its 15th year, is taking place on Saturday, September 12, and Sunday, September 13, from 11am until 6pm on both days.

It promises to be as fun-packed as ever before. There will be the usual host of glorious scarecrow creations scattered throughout the village with visitors able to chose for their favourite – and a prize draw for all who cast votes.

This year will see an expansion of attractions into The Meadow, a field adjacent to The Green, so people won’t have to travel too far to enjoy all the festivities.

There will be all the favourites from previous years: a huge variety of stalls, fairground rides, tractor-trailer rides around the village, bouncy castle, classic cars displays, steam engine, traditional games, a book stall, pot-smashing, quad bikes, an amazing maze, a paintball range and more.

Refreshments and food will be provided to satisfy all tastes including ploughman’s lunches in Lubenham Village Hall, meals in the Coach and Horses pub in Main Street, afternoon cream teas at All Saints Church in Church Walk, and stalls selling burgers, curry, wood-fired pizzas, Caribbean dishes, vegetarian fare, cakes of all sorts, brownies from the Giant Chocolate Orange, Langton Brewery beer and ice-cream.

The Scarecrow Fun Dog Show has now become a regular event on the Saturday afternoon, organised by the Market Harborough and District Canine Society, and it makes a welcome return this time around.

There will be classes for pedigree dogs as well as fun classes for all dogs so if you think your pooch, for instance, has the waggiest tail or looks most like its owner, come along and enter.

Entries can be submitted from 12.30pm on the Saturday at The Meadow and judging will start at 1pm.

For more details see the canine society’s website at www.mhdcs.org.

Also on the Saturday will be a Village Home & Garden Produce Show and all the produce will be auctioned off at the end of the show so if you can’t grow or make your own, you can always buy it!

As always there will be some fabulous live entertainment on The Green throughout the weekend.

Among the line-up on Saturday will be talented singers Mae Hill and Emma Stevenson, a group of Northants College music graduates performing musical theatre numbers, the Ray Bailey Band and regular festival favourites Out of the Blue.

On the Sunday the event welcomes back the Big Help Academy who will provide a full day of talented young artists from BBC Introducing, Britain’s Got Talent, Teen Star and Open Mic UK, including the Strawhouse Singers and new national choir The Invisible Friends.

Trish Woods, from the Lubenham Scarecrow organising committee, said: “We do hope you’ll come and join us – there’s so much for everyone to do and such a fabulous atmosphere. Once you get here you’ll end up staying all day.

“And remember, admission, programmes and designated off-road car parks are all free.”

All profits raised from the weekend will be donated to local groups and organisations. Last year’s event netted £3,400 for local good causes.

For more information, visit the website www.leicestershirevillages.com/lubenham.