Top Ten Elford Scarecrows

Top Ten Elford Scarecrows

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Posted 2015-09-03 by Tony Collinsfollow
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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Dozens of scarecrows suddenly appeared overnight in gardens throughout Elford.



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.



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.



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.



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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