Slingsby visitors asked for straw poll on top scarecrows

One of the Slingsby Scarecrows from last year's festival.
One of the Slingsby Scarecrows from last year's festival.

Residents of Slingsby will once again be adorning their village with a mix of handmade modern and traditional interpretations of the humble scarecrow this weekend.

The annual Slingsby Scarecrow Festival takes place over the May Day weekend running from noon on Saturday (29 April) through to Monday (1 May).

Scarecrows will be displayed around the village and visitors can buy scarecrow trails for £2 to find out where all the exhibits are on show.

Scarecrow trails are available from the pop-up cafe in the Methodist Chapel, from Robin Hood Caravan Park or the Village Shop.

A spokesman for the festival said: “Slingsby Scarecrow Festival provides excellent entertainment for all ages, and coupled with the May Day festivities, is heart warming traditional fare.

“Each year the scarecrow entries and standard of creativity increase, providing any one attending the trail with delight and wonder.

“Remember to vote for your favourite scarecrow to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

“Our pop-up cafe will be serving refreshments and homemade cake and savouries and will run alongside our ‘pre-loved’ children’s stall.

“As the Scarecrow Festival runs into the May Day Monday, its is joined by the traditional May day festivities which take place on the village green.

“These include May Pole dancing with traditional stalls and refreshments.”