2017 sees the 20th anniversary of the area at Strawberry Fair originally known as The Green Area, now Scarecrow Corner. The 1st year was opened by Siberian shaman's and anarcho crust band 2000DS, with our roots firmly in the DIY social and environmental protest movement. The area has held many attractions over the years, always including a large space for many campaign groups. Past years have seen the world's first bio-diesel pinball arcade, solar-powered cinema's, anti-war theatre groups, the Insect Circus Museum, Papa New Guinean tribesfolk, tipi's, alternative underground news group, Schnews, anarchist libraries and a whole host of natural crafts mixed in with sideshow freaks!!
Many are still with us, such as the Herbal Apothecary, the Labyrinth, Willow Weavers and the Druids Tree Circle, not forgetting of course the area stage showcasing a variety of performers.
We've had a variety of different stages over the years from circus bigtops run on bio-diesel to the legendary Wango Riley's travelling Stage. This year we are very pleased to welcome back the Soundscape Solar Stage.
The stage has always been a major attraction of the area and has hosted a great deal of musical genres and performers, showcasing the cream of the festival underground with a strong bias towards anarcho punk and the more unusual psychedelic acts as well as folk, reggae and dance music. Past acts include Seize The Day, 2000DS, Tragic Roundabout, Tarantism, Opaque, The Junk, One Eyed God, The Skraelings, Overload, Casual Nausea, The Defekters, Oryelle Defenestrate Bascule, Pink n Ruby, Emma Harper, Keltrix, The Rude Mechanicals, Johnny Cage and the Voodoo Groove, P.A.I.N., Blackbird Raum and many many more both local and international as well as DJ's from Life4Land, Uprizing, Last Gang in Town and Theatre ov thee Absurd.
Performers confirmed so far for 2017 are:
- Back To The Planet
- The Brewer's Daughter
- Figaro de Monmartre
- Cara Means Friend
- Last Gang in Town DJ's
- DJ Nova7.
Alongside all the regular attractions of the area, this year we hope to welcome Viking axe throwing, green woodworking, drum workshop, wood carvings and leatherwork. There are also rumours of public toilets!!
Add to all this mayhem the décor, the facepainters, healers, tarot readers, herbalists and witches, volunteers and stewards, litter droppers and litter pickers, punks and drunks, thrills and spills and lots of things to make your head go round, its fun, fun, fun until..... the end of the night!
Full line up and list of attractions will be announced in the weeks leading up to the Fair.
Scarecrow Corner Grand Raffle 2017
Strawberry fair is a free festival run by volunteers. To assist funding the area, we have been hosting a series of benefit gigs throughout the year and launched the Grand Raffle in 2016. We are holding another raffle this year to help raise much needed funds to keep Scarecrow corner alive and kicking. There are well over 30 prizes already with more being donated. You can win anything from a tattoo voucher, piercing vouchers, clothing voucher, food and drink vouchers, tarot reading, artwork, band merchandise, craftwork plus loads more.
For a full list of prizes go to see our Facebook page.
Tickets are just £1 each and can be bought from Tim and Lizzie at many local gigs and in The Devonshire Arms. The draw will take place on the day of the Fair, Saturday 3rd June.
If you can't make it to the Fair or don't live in Cambridge, you can still get in on the chance to win one of our fabulous prizes by buying through PayPal. To do this, just click on the link below which takes you through to the Strawberry Fair 'donate' page. Click on the 'donate through PayPal' button. Put the amount you wish to donate (£1 per ticket) in the box. Log in to PayPal. Click on 'add special instructions to the seller' link. Let us know your name, address, e-mail and phone number and state clearly that your donation is for the Scarecrow Corner raffle. Complete the payment. The confirmation of your payment will be sent to us and we will set aside your tickets for you, then message you to confirm that your tickets are bought and in the event that you win a prize, we will let you know. Click to buy raffle tickets.