Waterloo Residents Invited to Annual Scarecrow Festival

Waterloo residents are being invited to a fun day with a difference later this month.

The Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens will be holding their eight annual Scarecrow Festival in Marine Garden from 12.30pm to 4pm on Saturday 17th September.

As usual the scarecrow competition will be the centrepiece of the event, with entries invited based on this year’s suggested theme of the Olympics. Competitors should register their entry between 12 noon and 12.30pm.

However, the festival will also feature miniature train rides, bouncy castles, face painting and a storyteller, as well as games, stalls, live performances and hot food and other refreshments.

In the meantime, anyone interested in making a scarecrow for the event, but not quite sure how to, is invited to attend a scarecrow workshop in Marine Garden on Saturday 10th September, starting at 1pm.

Run by Sefton’s Community Parks Officers, in association with the Friends group, this event will provide residents with some top tips on scarecrow skills. People attending just need to bring some clothes to dress their scarecrow in, plus a pair of tights.

Karen Abram from the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens commented: “Our Scarecrow Festival has become more popular every year and we’re determined to make this year’s event the best yet.

“We’re hoping for fine weather, a good turnout and some fantastic entries on the day which is designed to be fun for all the family.”

The Scarecrow Festival is organised solely by volunteers from the Friends group which was set up in 2009 to help improve the four seafront gardens in Waterloo as well as nearby Potter’s Barn Park.

Entry to the event is free, although donations are welcome.  All the money raised will be ploughed back into the local community via the volunteer work done by group members.

For more information on the work of the Friends visit www.fowsg.co.uk or follow them on www.facebook.com/friendsofwaterlooseafrontgardens.