Regretfully, this year's festival will not be going ahead in its usual format but all is not lost and instead, we invite you to:
“The First Island-wide Virtual Scarecrow Competition, brought to you by the Torteval Scarecrow Festival”
This year, the Torteval Scarecrow Festival will reach its 17th year. However, with the current challenges in both our island and international community, the organisers have decided, for this year only, to create something a little different. With assistance from Guernsey’s Digital Greenhouse, the Torteval Scarecrow Festival will be going virtual and we would like to invite all Islanders to participate!
How to take part
For the Virtual Scarecrow Festival, households from across the Bailiwick of Guernsey are invited to make their scarecrows and then take a photograph of them on their property, helping to create a fantastic slideshow of creativity! In addition, those who make scarecrows may display them in their own garden on the weekend of the festival if they so wish.
This year, like in previous years, there will be a competition, which will be judged on Saturday 1 August by the new Deputy Bailiff, Jessica Roland. There will be a prize for the overall winner and for the best scarecrow in each parish as well as the people’s choice.
The People’s choice will be a chance to vote for your favourite scarecrows and will be run through our Facebook page and website. Voting will be open for the public from Friday 31 July until noon on 1 August. All winners will be announced on Saturday afternoon.
The Guernsey Cheshire Home and the Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association were to be the recipients of the car park donations this year. In view of the fact that the work of these charities has been severely affected by the pandemic, our website will contain a Just Giving page for donations which will be shared between the Scarecrow Festival and those charities.
Please submit a photo of your scarecrows no later than Monday 27 July to: email@example.com
Please provide us with your name, a contact telephone number, the name of your scarecrow(s) and your parish. Please check our Facebook page, the above website and other social media for further updates.
Sue Brooks, the Festival's creator, said: We are indebted to The Digital Greenhouse for their help in setting up this initiative and hope that many people will want to join in this virtual event which we hope will be a success.
We look forward to welcoming you all again to the real event in 2021.