Uffington scarecrow festival proves popular

First placed scarecrow SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star at Uffington scarecrow festival with the young boys, who made them
First placed scarecrow SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star at Uffington scarecrow festival with the young boys, who made them
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Hundreds of people meandered through a village looking at scarecrows during a traditional festival.

Uffington hosted its popular scarecrow spring fair on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, where dozens of scarecrows were decorated with the theme being children’s books and character.

Prizes were awarded to the best decorated scarecrows with a SpongeBob SquarePants taking the first prize, the Hungry Caterpillar winning second prize and Dick Whittington winning third prize.

Last year’s event had to be postponed because the ground was waterlogged due to heavy rain but this year’s event was quite a different story with bright sunshine over the two days.

Gail Genever, one of the organisers, said: “The fact it was so sunny made a tremendous difference to visitor numbers and it was very busy through the whole weekend.

“It is so well supported and we would like to thank everyone who came. The fact that everyone enjoyed it is the main thing.”

As well as the scarecrow festival, there were also stalls selling a range of products, plants and food. There was a craft fair and a display of classic cars, vintage cycles and tractors.

Pony rides for youngters through the village added to the carnival atmosphere and there was also welly wanging, bouncy castles and other fun children’s games.

A raffle was also held with many of the prizes donated by businesses in the Stamford area.

Proceeds from the day will be shared between village organisations, including the church, village hall, brownies and rainbows. Money raised is still being counted.