Bumper crop of scarecrows for East Budleigh’s annual festival

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

This year’s scarecrow festival in East Budleigh provided reminders of the village’s link to Sir Walter Raleigh who died 400 years ago.

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

The life and times of Sir Walter are being remembered this year to mark the anniversary, and residents in East Budleigh have used their annual scarecrow celebration to remind people where he was born.

There were also plenty of other ‘comical and amusing’ effigies for visitors to see over the two-day event.

Record numbers entered a duck race in the village brook and families also brought out their proud pooches for a dog show.

Visitors were able to admire classic cars and bikes on the vicarage green.

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant


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An exhibition of buttons, animal skulls, arts and crafts was held in the church hall.

The bell tower was also open to visitors.

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The organising committee thanked everyone who made scarecrows and those who attended the event, as well as the businesses that gave their support.

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. The Mayor of Budleigh Tom Wright congratulating the Chairman

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. The Mayor of Budleigh Tom Wright congratulating the Chairman of the East Budleigh Parish Chairman on a splendid event. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Mike the Beekeeper. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Mike the Beekeeper. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. An eagle own with its handler. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. An eagle own with its handler. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Budleigh Mayor Tom Wright with his wife Angie at the church g

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Budleigh Mayor Tom Wright with his wife Angie at the church gates. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Steve again enjoying a pint at the Walter Raleigh with Budlei

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Steve again enjoying a pint at the Walter Raleigh with Budleigh Town Councillor Roger Sherrif. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Bicton College students and their tent. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Bicton College students and their tent. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Deputy Budleigh Mayor and District Councillor Steve Hall talk

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Deputy Budleigh Mayor and District Councillor Steve Hall talking to his constituents. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Scarecrow Festival 2018. Picture: Peter Bowler - Credit: Archant

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