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    2019 - 04.21

    BELLE OF THE BALL: The staff at Bella Coastal Property Lucy Cairns (left) and Jodie Cliff have thrown their support behind the Milton Scarecrow Festival’s fundraising ball and are working on their vintage scarecrow creation.The first Glad Rag, Sad Rag Ball is shaping up to be a colourful, fun-filled night out as well as ensuring the future of the Milton Scarecrow Festival.

    The fundraising ball will be held at the Ulladulla ExServos on Saturday May 30, with Milton’s own Escalators band sure to have everyone on the dance floor for a foot-stomping good time.

    Scarecrow festival coordinator Bedelia Wilson is encouraging friends to get a table together and dress in their best glad rags or their rattiest scarecrow attire for the inaugural event.

    She said, as well as loads of fun on the dance floor, there will be raffles, a host of prizes and a good old fashioned country feast,complete with beef and lamb on a spit, roasted potatoes and corn cooked on the fire.

    Vegetarians and people with special dietary requirements will also be catered for.

    “Grab some friends and get a table together for a great night out with fabulous music dancing and some delicious food roasted on the spit,” she said.

    The Scarecrow Festival has limited funding this year and Bedelia said funds raised would ensure it runs smoothly on June 6 and for years to come.

    “This is ball is to save the festival,” she said.

    “Not only will be it be a great night out, but it will make sure we can keep running the festival that is so loved by the community.”

    With the ball just around the corner and the festival only weeks away, local families, businesses and community groups are starting work on their vintage scarecrow creations.

    The vintage 40s, 50s and 60s themed scarecrows will be judged by a panel of Milton CWA ladies, with tonnes of prizes on offer.

    More than 30 of the best creations will line up in Wason Street on Saturday June 6 for judging, with a new people’s choice category added this year.

    Bedelia helped kick start the festival 21 years ago and she said she would hate to see it fold.

    She is rallying community support and hopes the 2016 will be the best ever, with a full weekend of activities for the whole family.

    “We cannot lose this festival – it’s too important for our community,” she said.

    Scarecrow entry forms are in Wednesday’s print edition and can be dropped off the Akwa Surf, the Milton Newsagency or Ulladulla Dry Cleaners.

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