Design a scarecrow and win a prize

Hailsham high street
Hailsham high street

Residents, businesses and organisations are invited to let their imaginations run wild and build their own scarecrow from scratch at Hailsham Town Council’s Scarecrow Festival design competition.

Scarecrows must be created with a medieval theme and selected creations will be on display across the town from August 31 to September 14.

Entry into the competition is free and there are prizes for Best Child, Best Group, Personal, Business and Best Use of Recycled Materials categories. The deadline for receipt of scarecrows is August 27.There is no restriction on the materials used to build your scarecrow, although entries must be able to remain on display outside during the festival period and ideally withstand all types of weather conditions. Scarecrows should be no more than approximately five feet in height. Mayor, cllr Jo Bentley, who is also chairman of the town council’s Festivities and Events Committee, said: “This is the first time we have organised a scarecrow festival in Hailsham and we want as many individuals and organisations as possible to get involved. The town council is delighted to be hosting this competition and with a little creativity and imagination, people can create something colourful, fun and unique. The only stipulation is that it’s based on a medieval theme.”

A Scarecrow Design Workshop will take place at the town council offices in Market Street on August 13 and August 14 from 10am-2pm, for 6-11 year olds .Refreshments will be provided and under 10s must be accompanied by adult. Contact Hailsham Town Council on 01323 841702 to apply for a place.

For information and to download an entry form, visit