Previous Festivals

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The fundraising total for 2017 was a new record – over £5000!

Winning Scarecrows 2017

As voted by our trailers, our winners in 2017:

  • Overall winner – Beauty and the beast  – 85 The Village
  • Black trail winner – Pied Piper – 123 York Rd
  • Orange trail winner – Space! – 11 Hall Rise
  • Red trail winner – 19 Rye Close
  • Blue trail winner – Star Wars – 115-117 Windsor Dr
  • Green trail winner – Wizards – Church hall


scarecrow logo 2016

Our tenth anniversary festivalraised £4900. £2400 went to St Leonard’s Hospice, and the rest is being divided between Two Ridings Community Foundation (York floods fund), Snowball Plantation, Operation Orphan, and the Aroma Community Fund.

Winning Scarecrows 2016

  • Overall Winner – The Circus, Hall Rise
  • Black Trail – Stickman, Briergate
  • Orange Trail – Florence Nightingale, Windmill Way
  • Blue Trail – Toothless from How to train your Dragon, Greenshaw Drive
  • Red Trail – The Dragon, Walmer Carr
  • Green Trail – Inside Out, The Village


Our 9th Scarecrow Festival was held over the 2nd, 3rd & 4th May bank-holiday weekend. We supported the work of Phambili ngeThemba in Cape Town and also these local charities.

  • Jumbulance
  • Street Angels York
  • The Island
  • Wigginton Church Fields
  • Memorial Hall Trust
  • Oaken Grove Community Centre
  • Haxby Helpers
  • Wonder Years

Together we raised the huge sum of £4,900.

Winning Scarecrows 2015

  • Blue trail – 1st T Rex, 2nd Monsters
  • Black trail – 1st Spider, 2nd Tatoro
  • Orange Trail – 1st Star Wars, 2nd Shaun the Sheep
  • Green Trail – 1st Spongebob, 2nd Lego Man
  • Red trail – 1st Postman Pat, 2nd Funny Bones

Overall winners: 1st Paddington, 2nd Xenomorph


In 2014 we set a new record by raising the amazing total of £4,700. This was shared between Martin House Children’s Hospice “Good Night’s Sleep Appeal” and other local charities.

Winning Scarecrows 2014

  • Blue trail – Angry Birds
  • Black trail – The Lochness Monster
  • Orange Trail – The Fox
  • Green Trail – Minecraft
  • Red trail – Spiderman

Overall winner: Room on the Broom

Scarecrow Festival 2013

In 2013 we set a new record by raising the amazing total of £4,500. This was be split between Phambili ngeThemba, who work with the orphans and poor of Langa and Barcelona Townships in Cape Town, South Africa and local organisations.

Winning Scarecrows 2013

  • Blue trail – The BFG
  • Black trail – The Gruffalo
  • Orange Trail – Dr Who
  • Green Trail – The workmen
  • Red trail – 3 joint winners: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Old MacDonald, Postman Pat

Overall winner: The BFG

Scarecrow Festival 2012

We had the pleasure of sharing the £4,198.54 that we raised, between Mercy Ships and local organisations.

More Previous Winners

Scarecrow Festival 2011

In 2011, thanks to all your efforts, we raised £4,254.40. All money raised was given away to charity – This was be split between Phambili ngeThemba, who work with the orphans and underprivileged of Langa Township in Cape Town, South Africa and local organisations.

Scarecrow Festival 2010

In 2010 the scarecrows were visited by about 5000 people over the weekend. £3,809.50 was raised – £2000 for Christian Aid, £1000 for the Haiti Appeal and £809.50 for various local charitable causes.