The 2015 Elford Scarecrow Festival, which takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend of August 29 and 30, will feature the friendly, welcoming type of scarecrow more reminiscent of loveable Worzel Gummidge and the character from The Wizard of Oz who wished for a brain.
The scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. Credit Wikipedia images
Dozens of scarecrows, many of them reflecting topical themes, will be appearing in gardens throughout the village of Elford, near Tamworth, which sits on the bank of the River Tame.
The whole village of just under 300 households gets fully behind this annual treat.
A witch scarecrow prepares to fly
However, visitors over the August Bank Holiday weekend will also be able to find scarecrows in Elford's St Peter's Church, built in the 14th century, the equally historic pub called The Crown, local school, Howard Primary, and the lovingly restored Walled Garden.
For two days at the end of August the village of Elford, the centre of which has been designated a conservation area, will be filled with scarecrows of all shapes and sizes - all made by the villagers themselves.
Previous entries, for which there is an annual prize, have ranged from Mary Poppins suspended in the sky and Dr Who's Tardis to a Buckingham Palace tea party fit for Her Majesty the Queen.