On the trail of Sheffield’s straw stars

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Imaginative scarecrows themed around children’s book characters will be the straw stars in a new Sheffield trail.

Residents are being urged to take part by crafting their own characters for the trail as part of the Broomhill Festival. .

The June event will include a scarecrow trail, with weird and wonderful figures to be perched on buildings, in gardens, up trees and peering out of windows.

Characters of the type to be displayed could include Harry Potter, James Bond, Alice in Wonderland or Willy Wonka.

Prizes will be awarded to the best efforts within four categories; businesses, schools or children’s group, adult group, and family.

Kathy Harbord, events organiser at Broomhill Library said: “This is the first Scarecrow Trail to take place in Broomhill. There will even be a scarecrow wedding at Broomhill Library inspired by Julia Donaldson’s book of the same name.

“So get creative and make your own scarecrow. The choices are endless; how about a Pooh or a Gruffalo, Peppa Pig, or a cheery Postman Pat; then there’s the witch from Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom.”

It costs £5 for businesses to enter the competition, £2 for others. Entries must be made by June 1 and scarecrows displayed by noon on June 8 to June 18.

There are some rules of construction which apply to the competition.

Scarecrows can be rigid with a frame fixed in the ground. Or they can be soft and fixed to a building or a tree, or tucked in a window recess.

Size wise, the scarecrows can be life-size or smaller. For helpful hints on how to make your model visit Broomhill Community Library or log on to the library’s website.