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by Tony Collins (subscribe)
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Published September 2nd 2015
Scarecrows Clearly Come In All Shapes And Sizes
A dazzling display of the best and most creative scarecrows imaginable descended on a Staffordshire village to help create a wonderful two days of Bank Holiday fun for all the family.

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The winning tribute to Disney animation Up


The scarecrows came in all shapes and sizes to celebrate the history and tradition of these wonderful farmers' friends over the weekend of Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August.

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Caution - Men at Work?


And, yes, there was even a tribute to the loveable Worzel Gummidge and his 'companion' Aunt Sally, as well as other favourite characters such as Red Riding Hood.

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Don't hire decorators like these!


Although the event in the delightful village of Elford, near Tamworth, was entirely free, visitors were encouraged to buy a route map and voting programme so they could nominate their favourite scarecrows.

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Don't look now, but the Invisible Man comes in 4th


And, although it was a difficult task, these are the magnificent ten scarecrows that most caught my eye out of the near 100 on display throughout the village over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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Why not try an outdoor bathroom


The annual Elford Scarecrow Festival continues to grow in size each year, with the whole village of just under 300 households seemingly getting fully behind this popular event.

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One of the tributes to Despicable Me


Dozens of scarecrows suddenly appeared overnight in gardens throughout Elford.

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This cat rescue comes in at number 7


But visitors were also encouraged to seek them out in the 14th century St Peter's Church, the lovingly restored Walled Garden behind it, the equally historic Crown pub, and Elford Sports & Social Club.

Elford Scarecrow Festival, Elford, scarecrows, Red Riding Hood
Red Riding Hood meets the wolf


Topical creations largely centred around tributes to the Minions animation movie, which has emerged from the hugely successful Despicable Me films, as well as the slightly older animation film, Up.

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The Black Horse pub takes on a canalside feel


Unfortunately, unlike previous years, there were no homages paid to sporting stars despite the recent Ashes cricket victory over Australia or the forthcoming Rugby World Cup taking place in England and Wales.

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Elford on Safari completes my Top 10


This year's event also included a Sunflower trail for children, several stalls in the church grounds, a prize draw, barbecue, and tea and cakes within the village hall.

Proceeds from the route map and voting programme, which cost just £2, went to St Peter's Church and Elford Village Hall.

For more information about Elford, please visit www.elfordparish.co.uk
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Why? Who Would Have Thought Scarecrows Could Be Such Fun
When: 29-30 August 2015
Phone: 01827 50230
Where: St Peter's Church, Elford, Staffordshire B79 5BZ
Cost: Free, but £2 for a route map
Your Comment
These are brilliant. I love the decorators and the horse with Rosie and Jim.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11181) 597 days ago
What a great idea. Despic-haybale me is very appealing.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|3726) 597 days ago
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