Appleton Wiske Scarecrow Festival 7 and 8 June 2014

Appleton Wiske Scarecrow Festival

Appleton Wiske Scarecrow festival this year was bigger and better than ever.  Rain on Saturday sent everyone scurrying for parasols and gazebos to protect their creations – but Sunday was lovely and sunny, and the village was full of both locals and visitors enjoying the scarecrows, crafts, refreshments and entertainments.

 

Here is a selection of pictures.

Appleton-Wiske-Station

Appleton-Wiske-Station

Bertie Bassett

Bertie Bassett

Bill and Ben

Bill and Ben

Crow

Crow

Dad

Dad

Dwarves

Dwarves

England Football team coming

England Football team coming

flower-girl

flower-girl

Fluffy

Fluffy

Gardener's break

Gardener’s break

Golf

Golf

In the Wendy house

In the Wendy house

knitted characters

knitted characters

Mermaid

Mermaid

Minions enjoying the sun

Minions enjoying the sun

More Minions

More Minions

No Fishing

No Fishing

not-scaring-the-crows

not-scaring-the-crows

Scarecrows picnic

Scarecrows picnic

Scarecrow wedding cake

Scarecrow wedding cake

Scrapheap scarecrow

Scrapheap scarecrow

Snowman-in-summer

Snowman-in-summer

Straw Angel

Straw Angel

Spongebob

Spongebob

Straw Minion

Straw Minion

This way to the craft tent

This way to the craft tent

Tiger

Tiger

Tin man and visitors

Tin man and visitors

Toddler scarecrow

Toddler scarecrow

Tour de France in Yorkshire

Tour de France in Yorkshire

Udrain Bolt

Udrain Bolt

Visitors enjoying refreshments

Visitors enjoying refreshments

War Horse

War Horse

Watching

Watching

Welcome to Lilliput

Welcome to Lilliput

Wild West

Wild West

Yorkshire Countrywomen's Association

Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association

My favourite part of the festival is that there are no rules about what people can make – they can make any subject they like, which results in a fantastic variety.  Visitors clearly enjoyed themselves too: lots of people wandered in the sunshine and lingered to enjoy refreshments, crafts, and the play bus.  The hard working volunteers who served teas, organised crafts, games, and a plant stall, will hopefully be rewarded with funds to spend on fitness equipment for the village School.  It’s an example of villagers helping to improve the quality of life in their village – and giving people a good day out in the process.  It’s the Yorkshire Way: everybody wins.

 

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