Scarecrows prepare for a return to Muston festival

Muston Scarecrow Festival
Muston Scarecrow Festival

More than 100 scarecrows will once again take over Muston when the village’s internationally-acclaimed scarecrow festival makes a welcome return after last year’s poor summer weather forced organisers to cancel the event.

The festival, which runs from Saturday, July 27 until Sunday, August 4, has in the past attracted thousands of people, including UK coach parties and visitors from overseas.

Muston Scarecrow Festival

Muston Scarecrow Festival

This year scarecrows will once again be 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.

The scarecrows can be viewed each day of the festival from 9am until 9pm apart from the last day on August 4 when it will close at 5pm.

Cllr Godfrey Allanson, one of the organisers of the festival and chairman of the Muston Millennium Committee said: “Like many other annual events across Yorkshire last summer, the festival was a victim of the prolonged period of wet weather so we are delighted to be returning this year, hopefully in very similar conditions to the glorious weather we are currently experiencing.

“It is an exceptional community effort to get the village ready and there is always a high level of secrecy surrounding the festival, as villagers keep their plans under-wraps right up until the last minute.

“However, visitors should be prepared for many show-stopping scarecrows, with a healthy dose of humour and satire thrown in for good measure. Who knows, if the timing is right, we might even see a scarecrow family of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the new Royal baby.”

This year’s temporary inhabitants will be judged by Scarborough theatre impresario Tony Peers, with the owner of the winning scarecrow receiving £50.

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.

As well as the scarecrows, a new attraction this year will be a ‘Duck Derby’, organised by the Muston in Bloom group. The race will take place on the stream in the centre of the village on Saturday, August 3.

Throughout the festival there will also be special displays in the village’s parish church.