Creativity to the fore in Cockburnspath and Cove scarecrow competition

Cockburnspath and Cove has, like many local Berwickshire communities, had to cancel its Gala this year.

By Kevin McRoberts
Thursday, 2nd July 2020, 5:02 pm
The winning entry - ‘Rainbow Unicorn’.
The winning entry - ‘Rainbow Unicorn’.

But organisers decided that continuing the traditional scarecrow competition would be possible and safe during the current crisis.

The competition was judged by Hazel Smith, of ReTweed, and Jennie Sutton, Community Development Facilitator).

There were 23 entries, with first place going to the ‘Rainbow Unicorn’.

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The runner-up was ‘Prosecco and Parenting’, while third place went to ‘Surfers’.

In addition, a further six received highly commended awards.

All entries were of a very high standard and it was incredibly hard to judge them.

One of the judges, Jennie Sutton, commented: “It’s my first year being involved with judging the annual scarecrow event for Cockburnspath and Cove.

“I have to say that I was so impressed with the creativity, the humour and also the touch of current reality.

“Although there was no specific theme this year, many entries reflected the current crisis, with scarecrows giving thanks to the NHS and featuring rainbows in their designs.

“This simple and yet practical way of engaging communities brings fun and connection in these uncertain and challenging times.

“Fantastic effort and well done to all participants.”

Kate Tulloch, secretary of the community council, added: “We were overwhelmed by the support for the competition this year, and the entries were incredible.

“I’m so glad I wasn’t involved in the judging, but would like to thank all participants and our two judges for all their hard work.

“We hope to hold a stone painting competition and possibly a virtual art exhibition at some point as these events help to bring the community together and offer a little bit of normality.

“We offered £10 towards families making scarecrows, in recognition of the fact that many are not working or may be experiencing hardship and I would like to thank the community council for its award from wind farm monies to enable us to offer this.”