Global scarecrows pay a visit to village festival

Uffington scarecrow festival 2016. Benjamin Dawe, Emily Dawe, Arabella Johnson and Franchesca Johnson looking at one of the scarecrows EMN-160105-184657009

Uffington scarecrow festival 2016. Benjamin Dawe, Emily Dawe, Arabella Johnson and Franchesca Johnson looking at one of the scarecrows EMN-160105-184657009

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Visitors to a popular annual village event were greeted with scarecrows from around the world.

That was the theme of this year’s Uffington Scarecrow Festival which was hosted throughout the village on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

In the past, the event has been rained off and organisers were fearful that the same might happen again after a wet weather forecast.

But thankfully, the rain held out until the end of the day and Rutland Morris performed a spectacular finale before the heavens opened.

Vanessa Kimberley, who is on the organising committee, said the event once again proved as popular as ever. It attracts people of all ages, from children who enjoy finding the different scarecrows on the trail, to the elderly who take advantage of the ease of getting around the flat village.

She said: “It was a lovely weekend for families and we had a good turnout on both days. It always seemed very busy and we were using the overspill on the car park.”

Organisations and residents all get involved in creating scarecrows for the event, and this year there was even some new faces having a go with their efforts.

As well as the scarecrow trail and quiz, there was also a display of classic cars to browse, stalls and crafts, and games for all the family.

A car boot sale on Sunday also proved popular and a flypast at the end of the day on Sunday by the Spitfire and Hurricane drew whoops from the crowd.

The event is one of the biggest fundraisers for the church and the village hall. The hall has recently been rethatched at a total cost of £28,000 after six years of fundraising and the organising committee are now looking ahead to install toilets and a servery in the church. The total raised this weekend is still being counted.