The Scarecrow Festival has been running since 2002 in Flamstead and as the festival has grown, the initial planning, capital and the infrastructure required to run the festival has increased substantially. The festival is run for charity and is planned and staffed entirely by volunteers, predominantly from the village community.
Last year, it cost the organising charity, Friends of St Leonards, a significant amount to put on the three-day Scarecrow Festival event, not to mention the substantial time commitment for three days and beyond of over 50 volunteers to plan and run the event, and the time of over 100 villagers who spent hours making their Scarecrow for the public’s enjoyment.
Given the amount of time, effort, resources it takes for the village and it’s residents to plan and put on the festival, we feel that the requesting of suggested donations in return for the village’s hard work is no longer a financially viable or sustainable way for the festival to run.
Additionally, offering the festival as an event in return for a donation no longer honours the amount of work the whole village community commits to the festival, or the calibre of event which the Scarecrow Festival has now become.
There is a misconception that the Scarecrow Festival has always been a “free event”, whereas the festival has actually always been an event in return for a suggested donation to charity, which some may choose to offer in appreciation of the village’s hard work to provide a fun filled, unique day out, and others may not be moved to make.
Therefore in 2019, in order to sustain the future of the festival, we will be charging an entry fee for those wishing to visit the Flamstead Scarecrow Festival.
Entry will be £4 per adult and £2 per child Age 4 and over, and will include Free Parking in the festival Car Parks and a Festival Programme and voting form per family. Cash and Card Payment options will be available.
The Flamstead Scarecrow Festival is a unique local spectacle and all of the funds raised from the event will be for the benefit of our village charities, including helping to transform our local church, St Leonards, into a building which is fit for a 21st century community and is a sustainable resource for future generations of our village community.
We understand that you may be a little surprised by our announcement, but are sure you will agree that there aren’t many places you could go for a family day out at this kind of cost. For example, for a family of four, the event is £12 entry for the whole day, including free parking, plus a programme and voting forms.
The event is in-line with other local charity events and is very reasonably priced and considerably less than the cost of other local commercial festivals, fayres and events which run during the summer months and throughout the year. It is also considerably less than the cost of a family day out at one of our many local family attractions in the area. Plus all of the proceeds go towards supporting local charity rather than a commercial company.
We are working hard behind the scenes and planning a great festival for 2019, with entertainment and lots more in addition to the Scarecrows.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Scarecrow Festival on the 9th, 10th and 11th August 2019.
Friends of St Leonards and the Scarecrow Festival organising committee