Thousands flock to Flamstead Scarecrow Festival

From left, Grace Kier, six, Megan Edwards, six, Grace's sister Naomi, five, Megan's mum Natalie, and Jackie Hart.''Jackie, of Claymore, Grovehill, spent months creating her War Horse-themed display of scarecrows. Children also got a chance to sit of Merlin the War Pony.
From left, Grace Kier, six, Megan Edwards, six, Grace's sister Naomi, five, Megan's mum Natalie, and Jackie Hart.''Jackie, of Claymore, Grovehill, spent months creating her War Horse-themed display of scarecrows. Children also got a chance to sit of Merlin the War Pony.

The winners of this year’s Flamstead Scarecrow Festival spoke exclusively to the Gazette two days ahead of their victory.

Everyone in the village is invited to make their own straw creation during the Friday to Sunday annual contest, and the public choose which is best.

The one with the most votes wins, and this year it was The Gingerbread House – created by Lucy Miller, of Church Road, and her daughter Sophia, eight.

Lucy said: “The best thing about the festival for me is all the visitors who come to share in our beautiful village.”

There were 104 scarecrows in this year’s festival. More than 3,500 people voted and the winner got 838 votes. The event raises cash for the village church and the Herts Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre.

Click here to see our interview with Lucy and Sophia, and third-place Jackie Hart.

For even more scarecrow festival footage, made by community film website DeeTV, click here