Scarecrow festival returns

Wilberfoss scarecrows - Elaine Bryan, Carolyn Micklethwaite and Laura Turner, with "Noah's Ark"
Wilberfoss scarecrows - Elaine Bryan, Carolyn Micklethwaite and Laura Turner, with "Noah's Ark"

VILLAGERS have been getting creative with straw for an annual event which they hope will draw in the crowds.

The Wilberfoss Scarecrow Festival will take place this weekend, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August, and locals want a repeat of last year’s success which helped raise £1,800 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The competition requires visitors to find nearly 30 scarecrows scattered around the village and guess what each one is supposed to be.

The theme for the event is children’s stories and all funds raised will again go to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Carolyn Mickelsthaite, who has made two scarecrows for the event, said: “There seems to be quite a bit of enthusiasm in the village.

“The place was crowded last year.

“We’re hoping for about the same or better success. It was such a lot of fun. We’re hoping people have fun again.”

The event, which will take place from 1pm to 5pm each day, will include refreshments, a raffle, and a cake and produce stall.

Scarecrow maps and competition forms are available from the village’s community centre.