June 2020 saw the first scarecrow competition being held in Llangunnor, the competition was started by local resident Katie Davies after she saw that the village of Abergwili was holding a similar competition and how it gave people something to do during lockdown. So she created a Facebook group which soon built up a large following in the community and it did not take long for the first Llangunnor scarecrows to appear.
There was no charge to enter the competition in Llangunnor, in Abergwilli they had been raising money with an entry fee of £2 with all money going to the local hospital
There were some great prizes available donated by friends of Katie and individuals in the community. First prize came from the support fund of the Chairman of Llangunnor Community Council, while we at Llangunnor Network donated £40 to help promote community spirit.
1st prize - £50 donated by Robin Griffiths as Chairman of Llangunnor Community Council
2nd prize - £40 donated by Llangunnor Network
3rd prize - £25 donated by Mr Paul Rosser
4th prize - £10 voucher for 'Beauty By Stacey' donated by Stacey Jones
5th prize - Cooking made easy recipe e-book donated by Mrs Ena Thomas
6th prize - Afternoon Tea for Two donated by Mrs Jayne Thomas
A further £100 was donated by the owners of Carmarthen Electronics, this money was donated to Carmarthen Foodbank
Kept very simple:
1. Judging will take place on Sunday 14th June 2020 most creative wins
2. Post a picture on the dedicated Facebook Group to enter. This is to ensure that nobody is missed. There are also people self isolating who are not able to get out and about to see.
3. Anyone is welcome to take part young or old.
5. This group in public so make sure you let your neighbours know
Originally the judging was due to be done by the Chairman of the Community Council however, the judging was carried out by one of the local postmen
A scarecrow map was developed to plot the locations of the scarecrows in Llangunnor and that can be viewed below, the winners have been highlighted
Winners and photos of all the scarecrows can be seen in the above map
While we at Llangunnor Network did not organise this event we would certainly like to see this become an annual event in the community, we are amazed that more than fifty people took part in an event that was organised and set up in less than a month. We would certainly look to support any future competition and can only hope that its roots remains with the community at its core.