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Uffington Scarecrow Festival is a hit with visitors

Uffington village scarecrow festival weekend, looking at the display outside the village school is John Edwards (73) EMN-140305-212857009

Uffington village scarecrow festival weekend, looking at the display outside the village school is John Edwards (73) EMN-140305-212857009

Thirteen might be unlucky for some but the organisers of the Uffington Scarecrow Festival defied that with their event.

The 13th annual festival took place in the village on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday and hundreds of visitors took advantage of the beautiful sunny weather to wander around the trail looking at the scarecrows and completing a quiz.

Among the spectacular scarecrows ready to greet the visitors was a vicar inside the village church and a scarecrow riding a 4x4.

The prize for the best scarecrow went to Uffington Primary School, which was having a birthday party.

There was also a classic car display, farm machinery, May pole dancing and children’s games and crafts for visitors to enjoy.

And there was a fantastic atmosphere as many visitors took picnics along to make the most of the good weather. The barbecue and ice cream van were also particularly popular.

David Genever is chairman of the organising committee and his wife Gail said the village was absolutely heaving with visitors.

She said: “I don’t know where they all came from because the village was manic but in a good way.

“It really was a fantastic two days.”

David paid tribute to the villagers, saying their efforts truly “make” the weekend.

He said: “The support we get from villagers is truly amazing and everyone does their bit to come and help us put on a fantastic event.”

The proceeds which will be shared between the village hall and the church are still being counted. But the primary school and Uffington Cricket Club also raised funds, with the cricket club raising a record amount of £300 for its new pavilion from wellywanging and a barbecue.

 

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