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Dozens Of Inventive Scarecrows 'Invade' Village
There won't be a crow in sight in the delightful Staffordshire village of Elford when dozens of scarecrows are set to descend over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The annual Scarecrow Festival, organised by Elford Parish Council, is back for its 7th year during the weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August but promises to be bigger than ever with attractions and entertainment for all the family.
Get your scarecrows ready for this year's festival in Elford
Up to 100 scarecrows of all shapes and sizes are due to feature in streets throughout Elford village over the course of the two days, with many of the ingenious and colourful designs likely to reflect topical goings-on. All of the scarecrows will once again have been made by the villagers themselves, with some probably starting on their entries as soon as the previous Scarecrow Festival has ended, such is the work that has gone into them.
One of last year's entries, in tribute to the film animation Up.
All of the scarecrows can be viewed for free by simply strolling through the village, including the attractive Elford Walled Gardens which is a must-see in itself following completion of the conservation project. Parking is also free of charge, but visitors will be encouraged to try out the new Pimms and beer tent which is an added feature for 2016, as well as a barbecue, and cream teas and light refreshments which can be purchased in the village hall. All proceeds will be divided between St Peters Church and Elford village hall.
As well as viewing the scarecrows themselves, which in previous years have paid tribute to favourites ranging from Little Red Riding Hood and Mary Poppins to film animation favourites the Minions, there will also be a special children's trail, a teddy tombola, and favourites such as hook a duck, splat the rat, and guess the weight of the sheep. And visitors will also be encouraged to find as many of the scarecrows as possible while also making sure they vote for their favourites in order for the Scarecrow Champion of 2016 to be crowned at the end of the weekend.
Comprising less than 300 households, Elford sits alongside the River Tame and just off the A513 road between nearby Tamworth and Alrewas in Staffordshire. The historic pub, The Crown, is also likely to be a popular stop-off point for people after trekking through the village looking for scarecrows between 11am and 4pm each day. More information can be found online or by calling Elford Parish Council on 01827 50230.