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Muston Scarecrow Festival 2015

Muston Scarecrow Festival 30-7-11


More than 100 scarecrows will take over Muston, near Filey, later this month when the village's annual internationally-acclaimed scarecrow festival gets underway.

Organisers are hoping villagers will be inspired by the influences of the Tour de Yorkshire, VE Day and the recent arrival of Princess Charlotte when creating their scarecrows.

The festival, which runs from Saturday 25 July until Sunday 2 August, has in the past attracted thousands of people from throughout the UK and overseas.

Scarecrows are placed all round the village on pavements and roofs, in gardens and hedges and on open spaces such as the village green and grass verges.  At last year's festival, visitors came face to face with a diverse range of scarecrows including a special ET version of the Tour de France Grand Départ, characters from the BBC children's programme 'How to train your dragon' and 2014 Eurovision Song Contest Winner, Conchita Wurst.

The scarecrows can be viewed each day of the festival from 9am until 9pm apart from the last day on Sunday 2 August when it will close at 5pm.

Cllr Godfrey Allanson, one of the organisers of the festival and Chairman of the Muston Millennium Committee said:
"We always know when the scarecrow festival is just around the corner when we see exceptional levels of activity in the village as the community works hard to prepare to welcome thousands of visitors." 
"The villagers are also busy behind closed doors working on their show-stopping scarecrows, keeping their plans secret right up until the last minute. However, I have discovered that Dr Who will land his Tardis on the village green to defend residents and visitors from Cybermen and Daleks!"
Muston's temporary inhabitants will be judged by Mr and Mrs David Oliver; David is the President of Scarborough Rotary Club. The owner of the winning scarecrow will receive £150.

The Dr Who display and a display based on modern interpretations of old fairy tales will add colour and spectacle to the village during the festival but will not be part of the judged competition.

Visitors to the festival can enter a competition to guess the first, second and third placed scarecrows, with the nearest correct answer to the judge's decision also winning a cash prize.

The Ann Stevenson Shield, donated by Brian and Margaret Stevenson in memory of their daughter, will also be awarded.

Throughout the festival there will also be displays in the village's parish church based on a 'behind the church door' theme. These can be viewed each day between 10.30am and 6pm (except on Sunday 26 July and Sunday 2 August when the display will be open from 11am).

Running alongside the festival, the Muston in Bloom group is organising a 'Duck Derby'.

Four races will be held on each of the two Saturday afternoons during the festival. The winner of each heat will win £50.

Money raised from the festival goes into a number of organisations and projects in Muston, including the village cricket club, village hall, the Monday Club and young farmers' group. This year, the organising committee is hoping to improve the village hall facilities by modernising the kitchen.

More information about the festival can be found at www.mustonscarecrowfestival.com or The Official Muston Scarecrow Festival Facebook page.

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