Pupils rewarded for creating wonderful six foot scarecrow

Pupils of Kilross & Knockcarron N.S. with their winning Scarecrow (Sheldon) in the Tipperary Vintage Rally schools competition
The charitable fundraising efforts of 2013’s Tipperary Vintage Rally extended out to schools this year in a competition to create the best scarecrow. Kilross & Knockcarron N.S. won the first prize of €200 and on Tuesday, April 16, Tipp Vintage committee members Steve Thornton and Jack Leonard made a cheque presentation to Principal Paddy O’Shea and the pupils.

The charitable fundraising efforts of 2013’s Tipperary Vintage Rally extended out to schools this year in a competition to create the best scarecrow. Kilross & Knockcarron N.S. won the first prize of €200 and on Tuesday, April 16, Tipp Vintage committee members Steve Thornton and Jack Leonard made a cheque presentation to Principal Paddy O’Shea and the pupils.

“We had great craic creating our 6-foot scarecrow and after hours of stuffing, taping and painting ‘Sheldon’ appeared,” said Principal O’Shea.

“A big thank you to the Tipp Vintage Rally committee for the cheque. The competition fitted very well into our school art curriculum construction strand and the pupils really enjoyed the process. The prize money will be used to offset the cost of our School tour to the zoo this year and we look forward to defending our title next year with another scarecrow.”

Kilross & Knockcarron N.S. is a small school of seventeen pupils with Principal Paddy O’Shea and class teacher Miss Hickey at the reigns so this was a great achievement for them.

The school scarecrow competition was a new addition to the Tipp Vintage Rally’s extended events. “This was our first year running the competition and we had over half a dozen schools getting involved,” said Jack. “We got the idea from the Durrow Scarecrow Festival and thought it would be a good opportunity to get the younger generation involved in the Tipp Vintage Rally that raises funds for charity.”

Steve Thornton, on behalf of the committee would like to say thank you to everyone who came out and supported them on Easter Sunday. “Unfortunately Easter Sunday was a bit of a wash out as the weather let us down very badly but on Saturday we had over one hundred bikers join in the event so that helped us tremendously. It meant a lot to see people out supporting the event and a very special thanks to the exhibitors and local sponsors.”