A-listers set for Bowhill - with a little help from you

A HOST of famous faces are set to descend on the Borders as the Bowhill House and Country Estate launches its search to find the best dressed scarecrow – with a celebrity theme.

People are being urged to dig out their old glad-rags and decorate their tattie bogle as a famous face – whether it’s Russell Scare-Crow, Straw Barrymore or Christian Hay-Bail.

The competition now in its third year is popular with residents, and the bedazzled bird scarers will be displayed at the harvest festival, taking place at the Duke of Buccleuch’s estate on Sunday, September 23, from noon until 4pm.

The straw celebrities will be on show along the walking trail around the loch, with the best star-studded entry being decided by public vote. The winner will a receive £50 prize.

Sarah Peat, of Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the scarecrow challenge again this year and look forward to seeing which A-listers will be taking part.”

The Harvest Festival includes live music by Roddy and Katie Matthews from the acclaimed Border Connections, corn dolly workshops, a build-a-bower session in the woods, and cooking demonstrations. It will also be the last opportunity of the year for members of the public to explore the house and gardens.

Sarah added: “We would urge people with a little or a lot of creative flair to get involved and submit a scarecrow for this year’s walk of fame.”

Entry forms can be downloaded www.bowhill.org/public/news/eventsbowhill and must be submitted by tomorrow, with scarecrows delivered to Bowhill on September 19, 20 and 21. People who enter will receive a free child’s ticket to the harvest festival.

Entry to the Harvest Festival at Bowhill costs £6 for adults, £5 for children, and £20 for a family pass, with a half price offer for season pass holders.