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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Muston's big fund-raising event starts with a straw man

More than 100 scarecrows will take over Muston, near Filey, when the village’s annual internationally-acclaimed festival gets under way from Saturday 30 July until Sunday 7 August.

This year, organisers are hoping villagers will be inspired by the influences of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, Tour de Yorkshire and Brexit.

Scarecrows are 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.

Councillor Godfrey Allanson, one of the festival organisers, said: “We always know when the scarecrow festival is just around the corner when we see exceptional levels of activity in the village as the community works hard to prepare to welcome thousands of visitors.

"The villagers are also busy behind closed doors working on their show-stopping scarecrows, keeping their plans secret right up until the last minute. We are hoping for a bumper attendance this year to help boost our funds in support of a Heritage Lottery Fund bid for a new village hall.

“New for 2016 is filming of the festival by drone to produce aerial footage. We can’t wait to see what our scarecrow friends will look like from above.”

Muston’s temporary inhabitants will be judged by the Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Scarborough, councillor Simon Green and wife Val. The owner of the winning scarecrow will receive £150.

Vsitors 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.

Running alongside the festival, the Muston in Bloom group is organising a duck derby. Races will be held on the festival’s opening day with the winner of each heat winning £50.

Money raised from the festival goes into a number of organisations and projects in Muston, chiefly the bid to build a new village hall.

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