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shipbroker
05-05-2013, 04:17 PM
The village of Wray situated in the extreme end of Lancashire where it almost touches Cumbria and North Yorkshire has a tradition of scarecrow festivals...something which is very popular elsewhere in UK but not with as many on display...about 200 this year....

Here are a few which can probably be identified by our international membership.......

George & The Dragon

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Jack & The Beanstalk ( note Heinz Beans underneath)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2013/84585-sca4.jpeg

Gullivers Travels.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2013/84585-scar5.jpeg

Rapunzel.....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2013/84585-scar6.jpeg

A few more to come.........

geoff

shipbroker
05-05-2013, 04:26 PM
...and we continue.........

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2013/84585-scar7.jpeg

St.George again.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2013/84585-scar8.jpeg

Harry Potter
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2013/84585-scar9.jpeg

Dick Turpin. English Highwayman.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2013/84585-sca10.jpeg

The Primary School Choir...signing as they sang.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2013/84585-sca11.jpeg
..and then dancing around a mini-maypole.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2013/84585-sca12.jpeg

Theres a couple more to follow..

geoff

shipbroker
05-05-2013, 04:31 PM
Back again....

Humpty Dumpty

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2013/84585-sca13.jpeg

Book Worm ( the worm actually moved)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2013/84585-sca14.jpeg

There were obviously many more but lots were repeats and or purely local in interest...

geoff

D'Lady
05-05-2013, 05:07 PM
Awesome!

Yorky
05-05-2013, 05:33 PM
A terrific effort by all involved. Thanks for the photos Geoff.

Doug

LCPainterCat
05-05-2013, 05:40 PM
Geoff, these are delightful! I'd never heard of a scarecrow festival, and these are so creative and beautifully rendered. (I guess the painted animals in some of our cities are the closest similar kind of thing we have -- I think Sylvia sent a picture of herself posed with some clever creature from her city). Are the figures actually stuffed with straw like a "real" scarecrow? What is the basis of the tradition (if it is a tradition). Do they award prizes?

I think the dragon with the first St. George is my favorite, but the intricacy of design for the quidich-playing flying Harry Potter is marvelous : )

How long do these displays stay up? Is it a tourist attraction kind of thing, like the wee village festival and May pole dancing we stumbled upon quite
by chance on a May day near Hastings on an English trip several years ago?
Did you plan your trip with this festival in mind?
Your pictures are terrific. I'm SO glad you took us with you : )
Lynn/LC

shipbroker
05-05-2013, 06:44 PM
These are on display for a week and the whole village appears to participate as there were very few houses that didn't have a full size or minature on display. Some were straw filled but not many, some of the best were papier mache and some had been sewn.

Admission was free but car parking went to charity and there were a couple of other local charities and the school collecting.

geoff



ps This one started about 1991....last night they had a parade of all the scarecrows and a carnival as well.

laudesan
05-05-2013, 07:40 PM
Fabulous Geoff. Thank you for sharing! :thumbsup:

Mayberry
05-06-2013, 12:29 AM
These are quite awesome! Some families around here make stuffed people and monsters and things for Halloween. It would be nice to have more days of the year for fun things like this.

doppler
05-06-2013, 03:46 AM
that gave me a belly laugh Geoff. Wonderful tradition. May it keep up

painterbear
05-06-2013, 05:14 AM
These are really clever and well done, Geoff. What fun they must have thinking them up and creating them. :D

Our little town has a version of this at Halloween along one of the boulevards. :D

Sylvia

olliewood0702
05-06-2013, 08:25 AM
Just delightful for sure. How neat it would be to view these in person. I like them all but think the Harry Potter is very well done. The bookworm is my favorite though they all are superbly done. Thank you Geoff for taking the time to post these for us to enjoy.

artmom
05-06-2013, 08:33 AM
Very enjoyable viewing, Geoff!

Lyn

ReggieS
05-06-2013, 08:53 AM
Geoff, these are wonderful!! There are a few I have seen here in VT. There is one couple who change the outfits on the scarecrows with the change in seasons and holidays!

Reggie

shipbroker
05-06-2013, 11:06 AM
The theme this year was 'Read' which is why so many were nursery rhymes and book titles.......last year was, surprise,surprise...Royal Wedding...so here are a few pictures from their website last year..

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geoff

GramPat
05-06-2013, 03:15 PM
The people of Wray have a good sense of humor. Can't pick a favorite one so I'm glad I wasn't a judge..

Pat

DaveCrow
05-06-2013, 03:31 PM
Thank you Geoff. I enjoyed these very much

LynnM
05-06-2013, 03:40 PM
Wonderful, Geoff, thanks for posting! They are amazingly creative :thumbsup: