Slideshow: Wonderful creations at the Barrowby Scarecrow Festival

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Some colourful characters were on display in Barrowby at the weekend when the village held its annual Scarecrow Festival.

Now in its fourth year and organised by a small group of dedicated volunteers, the festival is an event that brings the community together.

Barrowby Scarecrow Festival 2015: winning entry. Photo Ian Selby

Barrowby Scarecrow Festival 2015: winning entry. Photo Ian Selby

The theme this year was ‘Books’ and families were invited to create a scarecrow version of their favourite characters or one connected to a book of their choice.

They were encouraged to use recycled materials where possible, with ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ at the forefront of judges’ minds when they came to choose their winners. Judges were Councillor Ian Selby and his mother, Anita. They chose a Wizard of Oz-themed scene complete with character and a Yellow Brick Road.

New this year was a People’s Choice Award, handed to the most popular scarecrow voted for by villagers and visitors. All prizes were presented during a family barbecue on the village green on Saturday evening, where there was also a tombola and sales of event programmes.

Meanwhile, in the Reading Room was the popular ‘Made in Barrowby’, a fair selling crafts and goods made, as the name suggests, by Barrowby people.

Barrowby Scarecrow Festival 2015: Pictured are - Anita Selby, Nicola fox, Polly Fox, Brian Inglis and  Councillor Ian Selby. Front - Maddison Lismore and Maisie Lismore. Photo: Ian Selby

Barrowby Scarecrow Festival 2015: Pictured are - Anita Selby, Nicola fox, Polly Fox, Brian Inglis and Councillor Ian Selby. Front - Maddison Lismore and Maisie Lismore. Photo: Ian Selby

All weekend in All Saints Church were games, activities and refreshments, while on Sunday villagers were invited to hold garage sales, with a map set up to show visitors where bargains were to be had.

Profits from the festival are used to print and distribute the Barrowby News monthly newsletter.