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24 Mar 2022
Scarecrow with how to make a scarecrow wooden sign hanging from neck, set against an orange background

How To Make A Scarecrow

Making a scarecrow is easy once you know the basics and the very first thing to do is make a frame in the desired shape for your creation. One of the best materials for the construction of the frame is a length of timber 4×2 which is relatively inexpensive and widely available from hardwares, builders suppliers and timber yards. 
A cross shaped frame establishes the main support and shoulders, or arms if you require them straight across. If you need to have the arms in an alternative pose, this can easily be achieved by cutting and affixing the 4×2 to the desired dimensions. Likewise for the legs, the timber can be used again or simply stuff an old trousers with filling if your scarecrow is going to be in a straightforward standing pose.
The obvious choice for filling is of course straw, but this is not always available, but you can improvise with any number of materials to give your creation form. 
Afterwards if yo do acquire some straw you can embellish the scarecrow at the sleeve ends on arms, the neck area, waist area and at the ankles, which gives the appearance that the material has been used throughout. 

Below is a video which will give you lots of tips on how to get your project started. So have a look, then give it a go and who knows, you could crowned this year’s All-Ireland Scarecrow Champion in August!

All Ireland Scarecrow Championship

Entry Forms are now available for the All Ireland Scarecrow Championship 2022. Just click on the link below to get your entry booked in. We cannot wait to see all the amazing creations, as year after year we are simply bowled over by the cleverness, humour and artistry that is on display! Choosing a winner is never an easy task!

04 Aug 2019

Overall Winner 2019

Save Our Bees, Hug Our Trees, Clean Our Seas

It was tipped by many to come out on top, and when the drum roll subsided, and the 2019 Overall Winner was announced, it was Dove House’s wonderful creation, that had stole the hearts of the judges, as well as the public!

‘Save Our Bees, Hug Our Trees, Clean Our Seas’ is not just a wonderfully assembled installation, it also carries a potent message about our environment! We all know the importance of the great pollinators, that are bees, the need to protect our trees, and the plight faced by so many species, that live in our plastic polluted seas! This year’s winner cleverly combined, and highlighted all three issues, in such a unique, fun, and educational way!

We extend our congratulations to Dove House, for their wonderful creation, which has earned them the title of All Ireland Scarecrow Champions 2019, and also to all winners in this year’s hotly contested competition!
Our sincerest thanks to everyone who took part, and the entries never cease to amuse and amaze! They get better and better, year after year!

We will publish an entire list of all winners, very soon, but tonight belongs to Dove House and ‘Save Our Bees, Hug Our Trees, Clean Our Seas’!

Save Our Bees, Hug Our Trees, Clean Our Seas
Overall Prize
Category Sponsored by St. Canice’s Credit Union


03 Aug 2019

Snapshots from the Scarecrow Festival!

If you haven’t already been to Durrow Scarecrow Festival, here is a sneak peek at what you’re missing!
It’s been wild, wacky, and so much fun, and the good news is, that the festival continues right through the Bank Holiday Weekend, finishing on Monday evening, with Dinosaur Day Live!

If ever two scarecrows were made for each other…..
Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019!
Found It!!!
Love this! See lots more Round Bale creations in The Ranch, at Durrow Scarecrow Festival!
Tribute to the late, great, Brendan Grace, situated in The Ranch, at Durrow Scarecrow Festival!
Teddy Bear Hospital
Darren Graham at the Arts & Crafts Exhibition, at Durrow Community Centre
Scarecrow t-shirts anyone?

Visit the Ranch, to see an amazing collection of ‘Old World Machinery’.
Laser Wars
In the Scarecrow Village
The Handmaid’s Bale
A sunny Scarecrow Village
Dinosaur Live Day 0n Monday August 5th!
Fun times in the Scarecrow Village, with Scats Bouncy Castles
Old World Machinery at The Ranch
Relaxing in the Scarecrow Village
Scarecrow Festival Duck Derby
Taking a break!
Scarecrow Time!!!
03 Aug 2019

Dunmore Country School – Family Herb & Vegetable Discovery Trail

Dunmore Country School – Family Herb & Vegetable Discovery Trail, with Tanguy de Toulgoët in association with Durrow Scarecrow Festival, takes place on both Saturday 3rd August and Sunday 4th August; from 10:30am to 11:30am on both days!

Booking is Essential!

Cost €2 per person, plus booking fee, and under 2 years are free.

This is a wonderful workshop suitable for all including families.

Meet at entrance to Scarecrow Village.

Book Now


03 Aug 2019

My Dog Or Me

Taking place on Saturday 3rd August, at 2pm, the My Dog Or Me agility challenge is sure to be lots of fun!
Challenge your dog and yourself, in this fun agility event, with both the owner and dog taking part!
Guide your pet through the tunnels, and if they decide they are not going through any tunnel, then the owner must complete that section instead!

This is a family fun event, where admission and participation are free!
A donations bucket will be present, and any contribution is entirely at your own discretion.

Prizes for the winners!!!

When: Saturday 3rd August
Where: Behind Playground, on Kilkenny Road
Time: 2pm – 5pm



Fancy Dress Dog Show - Sunday July 28th - Durrow Scarecrow Festival

What a great event to look forward to, and the good news is that it takes place on the first day of this year's Durrow Scarecrow Festival! A Dog Show is cute, but a Fancy Dress Dog Show is really going to be that extra bit special.

31 Jul 2019

Free Lego Workshop

We’ve added two Lego Workshops to our itinerary of events, for this year’s 10th Anniversary Durrow Scarecrow Festival!
Both workshops are FREE to attend, and will take place, in the Library Durrow, on Wednesday 31st July from 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.

There will be a Prize for the best Lego Scarecrow!

Where: Durrow Library
When: Wednesday 31st July
Time: 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm

28 Jul 2019

Cookery Demonstration – 3pm Monday 29th July

We have a cookery demonstration, with Alison from Castlewood Organic Farm, at 3pm in the Scarecrow Village, on Monday 29th July! Castlewood Farm is an IOFGA Certified Organic Farm located along the river Nore, near Durrow, Co. Laois. The farm is owned by Dominic & Alison Leonard and family. On the farm they produce pigs, sheep and cattle as well as grain crops to feed their animals.
A visit to Castlewood offers Guided Farm Tours, walking trails, a farm shop and Tea Rooms.

Alison’s Cookery Demonstration, which is free to attend, is also at the same time as our Free Kid’s Disco, and we also have a free Wood Turning Demonstration, with Padraig Phelan, which runs from 2pm-5pm.

All events take place in our Scarecrow Village, so it’s the perfect opportunity for both parents and kids to be entertained at the same time!

27 Jul 2019

Senior Citizens Night – July 29th @ 7pm

Our Senior Citizens Night, takes place on Monday 29th July, at 7pm, in the Scarecrow Village, so do please come along, for what is always a wonderful evening!

Starting at 7pm, until 9pm, do drop in and enjoy some music, and chat!

12 Jul 2019

Wrestlers Out – Dinosaur’s In

Unfortunately our friends from the IWW Wrestling, have had difficulty with insurance issues, and have had to cancel many of their events, including their Bank Holiday booking with us! We did not find out about the cancellation, until after this year’s Durrow Scarecrow Festival Brochure had been printed, and it is listed as taking place, in that publication.

So please be advised that the IWW Wrestling for Monday 5th August, is cancelled!

But worry not, we still have a big day planned, and the Scarecrow Village is going all Jurassic Park, as the amazing Dinosaurs Day Live experience, comes to Durrow!

Dinosaurs Live Day

So come along to the Scarecrow Village, at Durrow Scarecrow Festival, and MEET THE DINOSAURS!!!

Dinosaur Live makes its first appearance at our festival, on Bank Holiday Monday, 5th August, and is the perfect opportunity for kids and adults, to meet and greet, some amazing, life-like dinosaurs!!!

Join Terry The Triceratops,

Vinny the Velociraptor &

Trixie the Giant T-Rex for

Dinosaur-mus fun!!!

Where The Scarecrow Village
When August 5th Bank Holiday Monday

12.30pm – 5.30pm – €3 Entry  This is the only day that children are charged, for entry to the Scarecrow Village.