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Gracehill Scarecrow Festival returns this weekend!

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Gracehill Moravian Church and the Gracehill Village Environmental Committee are delighted to announce that the Scarecrow Festival is returning to the beautiful village of Gracehill this weekend!

The Scarecrow Festival is planned to run alongside the church's Harvest weekend celebrations, on the Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September 2023.

Now in its 4th year, the event has become a much-anticipated annual event in Ballymena. Both young and old get involved in making and displaying their creative work, while others just love to go along and enjoy the spectacle, while casting their votes while on the Scarecrow Trail.

The Scarecrow Festival aims to involve the entire village and the wider community in a event that is great fun for all, whilst at the same time raising needed funds to help maintain and preserve the village's historic Church and surrounding grounds for all the community.

Above: A number of the community creations on display at last year's festival.

The 2022 Scarecrow Festival was a tremendous success with over 59 groups of scarecrows on display.

If you would like to participate in the Festival by entering a scarecrow/s, you can collect a registration form from the entrance hall within the Old School House in Gracehill, or download a copy by clicking HERE.

Please return your completed registration form to the Moravian Manse at 25 Church Road or simply email a copy to

The scarecrows can be based on any character or theme of your own choice!

Even if you don't register an entry, you are sure to enjoy the wide variety of scarecrows while admiring the creativity of the local community.

Visit the Festival between 11am and 6pm on both days and take a leisurely walk around the village using our Scarecrow trail and record your vote for your favorite scarecrows on display while trying to work out our anagram.

Trail guide sheets will be available at the village square with a suggested donation price of £2.00.


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