THERE was a great turnout at the Underwood and Bagthorpe Scarecrow Festival despite torrential rain and gale force winds last weekend.
Organiser Penny Fell said she was blown away with the success of the festival, which saw more scarecrows on display than ever before.
“It was brilliant,” she said.
“Everyone turned out and the scarecrows were fantastic.
“We get so much support for it. They come out whatever the weather and they are so happy. We even had a family come over from Lincoln.”
Starting at St Michael’s Church, residents collected their maps and quiz sheets to follow the trail of scarecrows around the villages of Underwood and Bagthorpe.
Mrs Fell said although they had a good turn out and a record number of entries, the weather did cause a few ‘mishaps’.
“A gust of wind blew one of the scarecrows out of a tree and a car ran over it! We also had Little Miss Muffet’s head that blew off and her tuffet disintergrated because of the weather!”
Many scarecrows this year were placed in windows and conservatories because of the weather on Sunday, but entries were as creative as ever, one being a scarecrow in an aeroplane on the roof of a garage.
Mrs Fell said: “We do it to bring the community together and the people are just amazing. So full of fun.”
The public voted for the winners this year instead of judges. In first place was the high jump scarecrow, made by Mike Henshaw of Fairview Avenue, in second place was the olympic gymnast scarecrow, made by Olivia Sharpe and Joel Thompson of Middlebrook Road, and in third place was the air cadet scarecrow made by the Carlton family of Fairview Road.
The award for the funniest scarecrow was handed to Marine Mace for her entry ‘don’t drink and drive’.
The winners of the quiz will be announced on facebook over the next few days.