THE countdown is on to Muston’s famous Scarecrow Festival.
The annual event, which takes place in Muston, near Filey, this year starts on Saturday.
Each year the spectacular showcases more than 100 scarecrows in the village, all made by local residents.
Last year’s festival featured the Prime Minister, David Cameron and his number two Nick Clegg, Wallace and Gromit, Peppa Pig, Postman Pat, Freddie Mercury, Captain Jack Sparrow, Braveheart, morris dancers and Beatrix Potter characters.
Cllr Godfrey Allanson, one of the organisers of the festival, said: “During the festival the village is taken over by scarecrows of all shapes, colours and sizes.
“There is a real sense of village pride in the event, which last year attracted well over 10,000 visitors, despite the inclement weather.
“Most of this year’s scarecrows remain a closely guarded secret and will not be complete until the day before the festival opens.
“However I am aware of one entry - you could say Muston really goes in for sustainability by harnessing horse power to plough the fields.”
Visitors to Muston now are likely to be met with hastily closing garage shutters and shed doors, as villagers attempt to keep their scarecrow creations under wraps until the start of the festival.
This year’s temporary inhabitants will be judged by the BBC Radio York presenter, Jerry Scott and his wife, who will award the owner of the winning scarecrow a £50 prize.
Visitors to the festival can also 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.
As well as the scarecrows, there are also some special displays in the village’s parish church, based around the theme of ‘countrylife’. These can be viewed each day of the festival, from 10.30am to 6pm, except on Sunday 24 and 31 July when the display is on view from 11am.
The Muston Scarecrow Festival is sponsored by “IDENTITY – Embroidery at its Best” and Scarborough Council.
The festival runs every day from Saturday to Sunday July 31 9am to 5pm.
All money raised from the festival goes into a number of organisations and projects in Muston. These include the village cricket club, Muston village hall, the Monday Club and the village’s young farmers’ group.