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Muston Scarecrow Festival

Dimple Vijaykumar

A small North Yorkshire village was transformed into a scarecrow paradise as thousands flocked to Muston for the annual scarecrow festival.

Slightly creepy or works of art?...The Simpsons as scarecrows. By: Ben Rimmer (Flickr).

A SMALL North Yorkshire village is home to one of the most-eccentric events in Britain. Muston holds an annual scarecrow festival...but these straw people aren't your average scarecrow. This year marks the festivals return after a break due to bad weather. Residents battle it out to present their most elaborate and spectacular scarecrows, all of which are placed in open spaces, gardens and roofs around the village from the 28th July to 4th August. 

It all started off as a relatively small affair back in 1999 but has grown to become a celebrated part of Muston life and now attracts visitors from all over the UK. The entire village is taken over by scarecrows of all different shapes and sizes and highlights include impressive versions of Harry Potter, Jedward, Elton John and the Toy Story characters. 

Actor and thespian Tony Peers judged this year’s models and all the money raised from the festival will be donated towards various community projects, including the local cricket club and the young farmers’ group.

For more information, follow the event on Twitter!

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