The Big Sandwell 2020

Whether you fancy building your own scarecrow or just want to go hunting, we are really pleased you’re joining us for The Big Sandwell Scarecrow Festival 2020. Throughout October Half Term (26th October to 1st November), display your scarecrow or track them down using our link to Google Maps. Share your pictures with us on social media and download a special certificate when you reach a milestone!

Scarecrows must be submitted below by 5pm on Sunday 25th October.

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  • All entries must be submitted by 5pm on Sunday 25th October. 
  • Entrants are reminded that it is their responsibility to comply with any and all safety matters and regulations. Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) accepts no liability.
  • All entries must be visible from the Highway. Visitors must not need to enter any private property.
  • The security of displays remains the responsibility of the entrants. SMBC accepts no liability.
  • SMBC accepts no liability or responsibility for any damage, injury or theft which may occur as a result of entry to this Scarecrow Festival.
  • SMBC accepts no liability or responsibility for any actions, incidents or injuries that occur at or near the property relating to entry in this Scarecrow Festival.
  • By entering the Scarecrow Festival, entrants are giving SMBC express permission to publicise their location in association with the event in any reasonable manner it sees fit.
  • We ask that all scarecrows are on display from the morning on Monday 26th October to the evening of Sunday 1st November. If your scarecrow is not on display for any part of this time, please let us know at event_enquiries@sandwell.gov.uk
  • Prizes will be allocated based on the Facebook voting system with categories as follows: school, individual or organisation (including businesses, community groups, charitable organisations, cultural venues, uniformed organisations, religious organisations etc.) Prize winners will be contacted by email by Friday 6th November.

Where can I find the scarecrows?
There are scarecrows all over Sandwell! Check out our map here which tells you where the scarecrows are so you can hunt them down.

Will I need to enter any private property?
No! All scarecrows will be viewable from public spaces. Please do not enter any private property.

How do I enter a scarecrow?
Tell us the name of your scarecrow and where it is located using the form above.

How will people know my scarecrow is part of the Big Sandwell Scarecrow Festival?
Print this poster and display it with your scarecrow to encourage people to visit other scarecrows and vote for their favourite.

Can I view the scarecrows without building my own?
Of course! Check out the map and see how many you can spot.

Can I get any money to build a scarecrow?
Unfortunately there is no funding available from Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council for the provision of scarecrows in this festival. If you’re struggling, maybe you could try contacting a local business or community group.

How do I vote for my favourite scarecrow?
Head to our Facebook page to vote for your favourite scarecrows.

Is there a prize for the best scarecrow?
Yes! There will be prizes for the best scarecrow in the following categories … School, Individual, Organisation. Prizes include £25 voucher to Jonathan’s in the Park at Lightwoods House, XXX

Is there a fee to enter a scarecrow or visit the scarecrows?
There is no fee to enter a scarecrow or to go visiting them!

What should I do with my scarecrow at the end of the festival?
Please try to reuse or recycle your materials at the end of the festival. This might be in your garden to build something else!

How do you build a scarecrow?
If you’ve never built a scarecrow before, watch this video to learn the basics! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cnKGXuZ6ls

Where can I get materials from to build a scarecrow?
You can build a scarecrow out of all sorts of materials including old clothes, pillowcase, straw, hay, leaves etc. You do not need to use professional tools and you should be able to find materials around your house or local park.

How many scarecrows are there?
This will be confirmed at the start of the Scarecrow Festival once all scarecrows have been submitted.