VIDEO: Scarecrow festival comes to Wetwang, East Yorkshire

The entries are in and the competition is almost ready to kick off at the annual Wetwang Scarecrow Festival.

On Saturday 26 May Wetwang will play host to a party of scarecrows, which will be on display in the village to help raise money for Wetwang Village Hall.

Wetwang School Scarecrow Making. Pictured by Pam Stanforth ps1321-7.

Wetwang School Scarecrow Making. Pictured by Pam Stanforth ps1321-7.

This year, approximately a third of entries have been submitted from outlying villages, a record for the festival which began 11 years ago.

Melanie Moss, who is part of the team organising the festival, said: “We are just getting everything together to make sure everything is ready for the weekend. This year we are pushing for visiting scarecrow entries, it makes it have a really nice community feel.”

The working group of around eight people have been busy planning this year’s event since January, and will see their efforts in full glory this weekend, with around 50 entries submitted.

The theme this year is nursery rhymes, and Melanie believes it’s a good excuse to unleash your inner child.

“We chose this theme through a vote, we all brought ideas to the table. Last year it was people of the Commonwealth,” said Melanie, who is in her third year helping with the festival.

Judging of the scarecrows will take place on Saturday 26 May, and the festival runs until the following weekend.

Over both weekends a craft fair will be held, along with other events including a raffle, tombola and a treasure hunt map around the village.

Wetwang Primary School have been busy preparing their entry, which is inspired by rhyme The Owl and the Pussy Cat.

Clare Gunn, class teacher, said: “The children are really excited about it. It is a fun exercise, but there is learning that comes out of it, a lot of collaboration and children having to work together.”