The winners of the annual scarecrow competition at Odibourne Allotments in Kenilworth have been announced ahead of its open day on August 16.
A wide variety of scarecrows, as well as more creative takes on the classic design were entered into the competition and were separated into three categories: traditional, novelty and children’s.
The creations were judged by Maggie Field, Kenilworth Town Council’s clerk, and were scored on how scary they were, their cleverness, aesthetics, and how true they were to the category they were entered in.
The winner in the traditional category was ‘Scarecrow Interactive’, which had a ring for a head into which visitors could poke their head in and take a selfie.
It was commended for being fun and well thought out, and its use of hessian and string in its construction was also praised.
‘Cecil’s Revenge’ won in the novelty category, depicting the grave of Cecil the Lion, the lion recently poached by dentist Walter Palmer in Zimbabwe, alongside a dentist’s tunic with faux claw marks torn into it.
Notable for its topical nature and attention to detail, this scarecrow ‘scene’ was also praised for its effectiveness in scaring birds thanks to its accessories being able to flutter in the wind.
Finally, ‘Shimmer the Mermaid’ took the crown in the children’s category for its clever use of materials, bright colours and its scary fluttering effects.
Miss Field made it clear that all entries deserved credit. She said: “They were all very impressive in their own ways.
“Whether it was the original idea, the materials used, the use of colour and I found it very difficult to choose between many of them.
“I felt all of the entries deserved celebration and recognition, and I am sure that they will bring a lot of enjoyment to the visitors on Sunday.”
The allotments, between Manor Road and The Close, Kenilworth, are open to the public on Sunday August 16 between 2pm and 4pm.
Entry is £1 for adults and free for children.