Seil Scarecrow Festival

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Scarecrows are taking over Seil with islanders showing off their tattie bogle-making talent to raise funds for the community hall.

Two scarecrow trails outside homes and alongside roads, one across the island and the other in Ellenabeich, will give people the chance to admire islanders' handiwork and choose their favourite.

The family-friendly festival is a first for Seil and has stirred up so much enthusiasm  that it has sprouted into a week-long celebration, including a pop-up cafe, nature and heritage walks, sea trips, friendly football matches, a tug-o-war, a tattie bogle dance and the revival of the island's bygone highland fair.

It all starts on Saturday July 27 with an opening ceremony at the Atlantic Bridge where the Tigh an Truish will be joining in the fun  with live music, games, face painting and food. 

Sunday July 28 will see a special scarecrow church service in the island hall starting at 11.45am.

Seafari will be running one-hour trips around the island during the festival week donating the proceeds to the island hall's development funds. 

The Tigh an Truish and Oyster Bar are also signing up players for friendly football matches that week and Oban Dance Academy will be running an afternoon musical drama workshop for six to 14-year-olds.

A Tug of War at the Tattie Bogle Highland Fair at the island hall on Saturday August 3 will give folk the chance to show some grit and muscle. Lots of stalls, a plant sale, dog racing, a Rubik cube challenge, hamburgers and hotdogs will also be at the fair. Seil coastal rowing, the golf club, drama group, fire brigade volunteers and the British Legion with an armoured ferret car are getting involved too.

Lyden and Dawn Singleton will be hosting a special scarecrow pub quiz at the Oyster Bar on Friday August 2 at 8.30pm, with John and Eileen Coulson taking on the roles of quiz masters. Still to be organised is a food fayre evening with bingo on Wednesday July 31.

As for the grand finale, tickets are on sale for the scarecrow dance at the island hall on Saturday August 3 from 7pm to midnight featuring The Scott Harvey Band, a licensed bar and raffle.

To find out more about any of the festival events, call Ron Hetherington on 01852 300246.


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