On the trail of village scarecrows for Flamstead event

Flamstead Scarecrow Festival 2014: The Wombles. Photo courtesy of Paul McMahon

Flamstead Scarecrow Festival 2014: The Wombles. Photo courtesy of Paul McMahon - Credit: Photos courtesy Paul McMahon

An annual invasion of more than 100 scarecrows is set to take over a village this weekend.

The three-day Flamstead Scarecrow Festival challenges local residents to create amazing displays of the straw-stuffed figures and raise money for charity in the process.

The event has grown into one of the county’s must-see summer events, thanks in no part to the work of volunteers, and last year attracted around 5,000 visitors.

This year’s event starts at 12pm on Friday August 21, and runs until 5pm on Sunday August 23, and this year’s proceeds will be split between the Herts MS Therapy centre and St Leonard’s Church in Flamstead.

Community fundraiser Patricia Saunders, who is helping to run this year’s event, said: ““This will be the 14th year of the Scarecrow Festival. As well as the scarecrows there are stalls, activities and entertainment. It really is a great day out for the family.”

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Free parking is available and a bus service will be in use to transport the less able-bodied visitors around the scarecrow trail.

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