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Scarecrow festival: More than 100 entries and winner will be announced this afternoon

Flamstead Scarecrow Festival 2014: Isabelle Gainey, two, with her Wombles from College Close

Flamstead Scarecrow Festival 2014: Isabelle Gainey, two, with her Wombles from College Close

Almost a quarter of the people who live in Flamstead submitted entries to the village’s latest scarecrow festival – which happened at the weekend.

Of the 456 houses that make up the rural community, 102 took part in the contest to see who could create the best straw man.

Event organiser Paul McMahon said: “That’s one in four to five houses that puts a scarecrow out – or 20% of the village.

“That’s a massive commitment to the festival and I do not think there are that many other villages that can say they have got that level of support.”

They included Isabelle Gainey, two, with her Wombles in College Close and four-year-old Sammy and three-year-old Gracie Mcdouall in Trowley Hill Road.

Jude D’Silver helped create Spiderman straw man. Landlord of village pub The Spotted Dog Peter Smith made a scarecrow out of bearded lady and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst.

The festival ran from Friday to Sunday, during which time visitors voted for which their favourite scarecrow. The winner will be announced this afternoon.

Mr McMahon said: “I am constantly amazed by the ingenuity of the people in the village.”

Money raised from voting forms sold during the course of the festival goes towards the Herts Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre and the upkeep of St Leonard’s, Flamstead’s parish church.

Click here for a picture slideshow of the scarecrow festival

 

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