The 2011 Durrow Laois “Howya Festival – Ireland’s Festival of Friendships will this year, once again play host to a unique competition when scarecrow makers from all over the country will test their creativity in Ireland’s 2nd Annual All-Ireland Scarecrow Championships at Durrow Co. Laois.
With a total prize fund of €3000, competition is expected to be intense with crows in short supply as the Scarecrow exhibits line-up along the streets of this picturesque village for judging. This nine day Community Festival of Friendships will run from July 24 to August 1. It will include a big line-up of events to suit all tastes including; a Jarvey Tour of the Scarecrows, Big Family Picnic on the Village Green with street entertainers, bouncy castles, face painting and a puppet show, Duck Derby on the river Erkina, 10K Leafy Loop Walk, the inaugural South Laois Tourism cycle trail, Big Open-Air Country Market, Table Quiz, Treasure Hunt, Hurling, Soccer and Polo tournaments, a Nostalgia Night for senior citizens in addition to a scarecrow exhibition, children’s play area, music and traditional craft workshops in a specially constructed “scarecrow village” in the centre of Durrow. The Durrow Laois Howya Festival is organized by local voluntary community group, Durrow Development Forum with generous financial support from Laois Partnership Ltd. With a strong emphasis on family entertainment and a wide variety of events, this unique festival will appeal to all who seek value-for- money entertainment.