THE QUEEN’S diamond jubilee and the 2012 Olympics provided a double theme for this year’s Uffington Scarecrow Fair which was held on Monday and Tuesday.
Heavy rain and muddy fields forced the postponement of the event from its normal May slot and it was rescheduled for the jubilee bank holiday weekend with fingers crossed. Organisers fortunately didn’t choose rain-soaked Sunday and just had occasional showers to deal with.
The popular event draws in visitors from far and wide and is the main fundraiser for the village.
The Kutschera family from Peterborough visit every year and were meeting up with their friends the Tyas family from Lincoln ,who were staying at a campsite in Fineshade Wood.
Fiona Kutschera said she loves to attend village events.
“We thought it would be even better this year, being postponed to coincide with the jubilee celebrations,” she said.
Gail Genever, one of the event’s organisers, said money raised goes towards village charities and the upkeep of the church and village hall.
Numerous scarecrows dotted around the village represented various Olympic sports and were the subject of quiz trails for both adults and children.
Other attractions included bell-ringing and trips up the church tower and St Michael and All Angels Church also featured a Jubilee display, scarecrows of HM The Queen and the vicar, the Rev Carolyn Kennedy, plus an exhibition of photographs of village history which had been put together by the well-known Genever family of Uffington.
Other attractions included an indoor craft market, traditional games such as skittles and splat the rat, a silent auction, a farm animals corner, pony rides, a vintage lorry, classic cars, pet portraits, various stalls and refreshments and a Battle of Britain flypast.
There was also a village dance on Saturday, a big lunch and barbecue on Sunday and a car boot sale on Monday.