Return of the ‘straw draw’ from Lubenham

Straw was handed out on the green in Lubenham on saturday ahead of next weekend Scarecrow festival .'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Straw was handed out on the green in Lubenham on saturday ahead of next weekend Scarecrow festival .'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

It’s a village festival with a cast of about 130 - and none of them can move.

The Lubenham Scarecrow Festival returns this weekend, on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 15, from 11am to 6pm.

This year is the village’s 15th Scarecrow Festival, and as well as around 13o scarecrows there are food stalls, fun stalls, fairground rides, a paint ball range, a classic cars display, a fun dog show and a range of musical acts.

“This year we’ve got a theme for many of the scarecrows of children’s stories” said organiser Patricia Woods.

“Gartree Prison is submitting an enormous Battle of Britain montage. And another difference is we’ve expanded into a field beside the village green so everything is more compact.”

Refreshments include ploughman’s lunches in the Village Hall, meals in the Coach and Horses, and afternoon cream teas at the church.

There’ll be stalls selling burgers to curries, wood-fired pizzas to Caribbean dishes, vegetarian fare, cakes of all sorts, brownies from the Giant Chocolate Orange, Langton Brewery beer, and of course 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. Entries can be submitted from 12.30pm on The Meadow and judging will start at 1pm.

Also on the Saturday is the Village Home and Garden Produce Show. Produce is auctioned at the end of the show.

The live entertainment on the Village Green goes throughout the weekend and includes a host of bands and a group of Northants College music graduates performing musical theatre.

Admission, programmes and designated off-road car parks are all free.

For more information go to www.leicestershirevillages.com/lubenham

All profits raised at the event are donated to local groups and organisations.