SATURDAY showers were by no means the final straw for Scarecrow Festival revellers in Pirbright on the weekend.
Creativity took shape under the theme of ‘Nursery Rhymes, Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends’ as crowds once again assembled on the village green.
Each year dozens of scarecrows abandon their posts in the fields of surrounding farmland to take the limelight in the popular festival.
Standout displays included Hugo, Maithili and Poppy Guise Tucker’s Hansel & Gretel entry, Tipa and Tate Miah’s imposing Jack & The Giant Beanstalk model, and Andrew McManus’ complex ‘Wood Chopper’ from Peter & the Wolf.
But topping the pile was artistic Jenny Beasley, who clinched the Pirbright Scarecrow Festival Challenge Cup for her amazing Green Man creation.
Handing out prizes on the day were guest judges Lesley McCabe from BBC Radio Surrey, and Nicola Barker who hosted ‘Scarecrow Workshops’ in the build up to the event.
Tombolas, farmers’ market stalls, bric-a-brac tables, fancy dress, a dog show, and pony rides courtesy of the Glendell Livery in Pirbright’s Mill Lane helped complete the bill alongside cold beers and Pimms from the pop-up Pirbright Arms bar and tasty barbeque staffed by the local butchers Fulk Bros.
Dropping in on the day was Jay Reed, a festival regular, who said: “It is a great day out, something we always look forward to. All the entrants have been really creative this year, maybe even more so than in any other previous installment – we can’t wait until next year.”
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