Northumberland Day Scarecrow Challenge

Saints, Seafarers and Awesome Others: the Northumberland Day 2022 Scarecrow Competition

For Northumberland Day 2022, we’re encouraging Northumbrians across the county to throw themselves into scarecrow creation, to devise a special character for their garden or field, balcony, school playground, village green, or somewhere else where it can help celebrate the county day, which this year falls on Sunday, 29th of May.

We have 3 categories of scarecrow we’d like to see


 people with a rich association with Northumberland and, of course, Holy Island (Lindisfarne).


Those who have worked in the county’s fishing trade ferried tourists on boat trips and, of course, made Northumberland famous for kippers.

Awesome Others

 Here we’d like to see a Northumberland connection, whether you create a Northumbrian hero, a sporting legend, a Roman soldier, a miner, farmer or someone else connected to the Northumberland landscape.


We will have a prize for the best scarecrow in each category whose photo is submitted to us and shared on social media on Northumberland Day, with @NorthumberlandDay tagged in.  We’d also love you to give your scarecrow a name.

Scarecrows should be either linked to Northumberland through their theming or be bearing the county colours – we’d love to see lots of red and yellow everywhere.

We would love sponsors to offer prizes for this competition, but currently, subject to the T&Cs of entry, we are planning to offer a prize of £100 in Tesco vouchers to three winners, to spend as you wish.  If we manage to source other prizes, these will be added to the competition.

Next Action

Grab yourself a pole, start working on a body and grab old clothes, rags, sheets, or whatever is going to bring your scarecrow to life, protecting it against the elements, of course!  

Get the kids involved, create a community scarecrow with friends and neighbours, or get the mates round and see what you can conjure up. 

T & C’s

Entrants must create bespoke scarecrows that suit one of the categories of the competition.  

To enter, they must then submit a photo of their scarecrow, by emailing by May 22nd.  They must also post a photo of their scarecrow on either Facebook or Twitter, on Sunday 29th of May, tagging in @NorthumberlandDay

Prizes will go to the scarecrows that the judges believe to be the most creative or eye-catching.  The judges’ decision is final.  

Prizes will only be awarded if there is a minimum of 30 scarecrows from which to select the winners.  Should that number not be exceeded, the judges will determine whether or not to offer a smaller alternative prize or prizes, but that is entirely at their discretion. 

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