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Minster Matters Scarecrow Competition Rules

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Rules of the Minster Matters Scarecrow Competition

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June 2016

  1. All entry forms must be submitted to the ‘Minster Matters Scarecrow Competition Committee’ at the library by Midday on Friday 3 June 2016(email entries by Thursday 2nd). NO late entries for whatever reason will be accepted.
  2. All scarecrows will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Reduce, reuse and recycle - where possible recycle or re-use materials. New materials used should be able to be recycled or reused.  All scarecrows must be built from scratch by the entrant (no commercial creations allowed). These steps could be demonstrated by taking photographs of the process with a listing of the materials you have used. If no additional information is given beside the scarecrow, the judges will use what they can see to estimate how environmentally friendly your scarecrow is.
    • Creativity and originality ­ - judges will be looking for  scarecrows with that little bit extra, it may be the materials used, the way the scarecrow has been made, how the scarecrow is displayed, or simply a fantastic idea that catches the judges eye.
    • Artistic merit ­ - will be judged on the visual impact of your scarecrow. It may be the detail, the use of colours, and the care with which it has been shaped or sculpted or it may simply look fantastic. The more fabulous your entry looks, the higher your score is likely to be in this category.
  3. The majority of the work should be done by the child if it is a child’s entry.
  4. Children’s ages will be taken into account and this information should be displayed with the scarecrow or given on the entry form (if known at that time).
  5. The scarecrow can be smaller but should not be larger than: 2.5m wide x 3.0m high.
  6. All scarecrows should be constructed to consider the prospect of inclement weather.
  7. You can use any materials you like to build your scarecrow, there are no restrictions - with just one exception: pre-moulded or commercially available face masks ARE NOT permitted.
  8. All entrants are reminded that this is a public event and all scarecrows must be made and displayed in good taste. The Committee reserve the right to withdraw any scarecrows that they deem unsuitable. Any entrant designing their scarecrow to cause deliberate offence will be disqualified and may be barred from future events.
  9. Scarecrows need to be clearly labelled with their own name and entry number (Entry numbers will be provided by the committee during the week leading up to the event).
  10. All scarecrows must be displayed at the front of your property and should be positioned so as it is unnecessary for anyone to access your property in order to view them. They must also be secured in a manner that they will not blow away and will not otherwise be a danger to or possibly cause injury to anyone. The ‘Minster Matters Scarecrow Competition Committee’ will not be held responsible for any damage to Third Party property caused by the creation or insecurity of scarecrows. Owners are held solely responsible for the safety and security of their scarecrow(s).
  11. There is an entry fee payable for each scarecrow. Families may enter more than one scarecrow but each scarecrow will require a separate entry form and each will incur a separate entry fee. Entry forms will be available from shops displaying our poster or via the Minster Matters website at
  12. Judging will take place across the weekend starting on the evening of Friday 17th June (weather permitting) and scarecrows must remain on display over the whole of the weekend for the general public to view. There will also be a ‘Public Vote’ over the weekend and a further prize will be awarded to the winner of this category. All winners will be notified and prizes will be awarded at 6.30pm on Sunday 19th at The Bell Inn. All entrants are asked to attend if possible. The scarecrow committee and judges’ interpretation of these rules (and any decisions made by them) are absolutely final – and can’t be challenged!
  13. You may take your scarecrow in after 9pm on Friday (earlier if it has been judged), if you feel it would be beneficial to do so, in order to prevent overnight weather or vandalism damage. A judges’ card will be attached to each scarecrow when it has been viewed and photographed (do not remove scarecrows until after this time or they won’t be judged!!). Scarecrows should however be replaced in the same position on Saturday by 9.30am.  Saturday evening you may again take them in but after 5.30pm, replacing them by 9.30am on Sunday. They should remain on display until 5.30pm on Sunday.
  14. Finally… The most important rule: MAKE SURE YOU ENJOY YOURSELVES!!!!