Now as a kid I always found that Record Breakers programme on kids TV rather boring, but in those days there wasn’t much choice (and I was only allowed to watch BBC anyway), so I watched it anyway and sometimes found myself drawn in without really realising it. H on the other hand has always been fascinated by world records. I think it’s the facts and figures that attract him in part and the idea of doing something unusual just to be the best, biggest, longest or highest there’s ever been that really appeals.
This week we were invited to the National Forest Adventure Farm,near Burton on Trent. They are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest display of scarecrows. The record is currently 3,311 scarecrows and is held in Cincinnati. Visitors to the farm are being invited to take part in the record attempt by bringing in a ready made scarecrow or alternatively making one on site for just £1. There’s even a prize for the best scarecrow. It’s part of a wider scarecrow theme this year with the 10 acre maize maze been designed around the Julia Donaldson book The Scarecrow’s Wedding.
We went on a tractor ride around the farm early on in our visit to the National Forest Adventure Farm and saw all the scarecrows lined up. It really captured H’s imagination.
So off we went to make our own scarecrow. It’s very easy to do, especially as there are friendly staff on hand to talk you through the process and do the one bit that requires power tools. So we set to work to create Mr 1961 as our part of the Guinness World Record attempt. H was thrilled to be part of this and is watching progress towards the world record attempt online. It’s not very often that a child can get involved with something like a Guinness World Record attempt, so this was a real magic moment for H.
Update: On Thursday 28th August 2014 the National Forest Adventure Farm are hoping to break the record.