Visitors flock to East Budleigh scarecrow festival

PUBLISHED: 13:57 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:13 12 June 2017

Scarcrows with Sir Walter Raleigh's statue. Picture: Peter Bowler

Scarcrows with Sir Walter Raleigh's statue. Picture: Peter Bowler

Peter Bowler

Visitors from as far away as Essex descended on East Budleigh at the weekend for its annual scarecrow festival.

The plant stall draws a crowd. Picture: Peter BowlerThe plant stall draws a crowd. Picture: Peter Bowler

More than 200 scarecrows lined the streets and landmarks of the village for the event, which raises funds for All Saints Church.

The total is yet to be confirmed but it is hoped the funds will go towards repairing the church clock, lighting of paths around the church as well as improvements towards the hall and equipment.

Some visitors attended both days in order to take in all the events associated with the festival.

Organiser Paul Kurovski said: “The village was full of people on both days looking at around 200 scarecrows, and visiting all the stalls and attractions, including classic cars, a dog show, arts and crafts and the very popular birds of prey from the Hawk and Owl Sanctuary at Paignton.”

Drake's School scarecrows. Picture: Peter BowlerDrake's School scarecrows. Picture: Peter Bowler

Paul thanked all the volunteers as well as the sponsorship from Bicton Gardens, Crealy, East Budleigh Garage and Gilbert Stephens.

All 200 entry spots in the annual duck race were sold, a record for the event.

There were musical performances by Exmouth Light Orchestra and a trio of bucking beekeeprs.

The Otter Valley Association led a walk around East Budleigh and a garden at The Old Vicarage was filled with classic cars.

One of the many scarecrows. Picture: Peter BowlerOne of the many scarecrows. Picture: Peter Bowler

Childrens’ art was displayed at Salem Chapel and work by regional artists and crafts people were displayed at Drake’s Primary School and the church hall.

Scarecrows on holiday. Picture: Peter BowlerScarecrows on holiday. Picture: Peter Bowler

Can you spot the Gruffalo. Picture: Peter BowlerCan you spot the Gruffalo. Picture: Peter Bowler

Welcome to the festival. Picture: Peter BowlerWelcome to the festival. Picture: Peter Bowler

Busy bee. Picture: Peter BowlerBusy bee. Picture: Peter Bowler

A scarecrow busy at work. Picture: Peter BowlerA scarecrow busy at work. Picture: Peter Bowler

Collecting at the toll bridge. Picture: Peter BowlerCollecting at the toll bridge. Picture: Peter Bowler

Shotgun wedding. Picture: Peter BowlerShotgun wedding. Picture: Peter Bowler

The finish of the duck race. Picture: Peter BowlerThe finish of the duck race. Picture: Peter Bowler

Selling ducks for the race. Picture: Peter BowlerSelling ducks for the race. Picture: Peter Bowler

Owls on display. Picture: Peter BowlerOwls on display. Picture: Peter Bowler

Owls on display. Picture: Peter BowlerOwls on display. Picture: Peter Bowler

Helpers manning the work exhibition in the church hall. Picture: Peter BowlerHelpers manning the work exhibition in the church hall. Picture: Peter Bowler

Colourful characters. Picture: Peter BowlerColourful characters. Picture: Peter Bowler

The raffle sellers. Picture: Peter BowlerThe raffle sellers. Picture: Peter Bowler

Knitting display in All Saints Church. Picture: Peter BowlerKnitting display in All Saints Church. Picture: Peter Bowler

Knitting display in All Saints Church. Picture: Peter BowlerKnitting display in All Saints Church. Picture: Peter Bowler

Family enjoying the outing. Picture: Peter BowlerFamily enjoying the outing. Picture: Peter Bowler

Artistic effort by Jane, one of the helpers in the church. Picture: Peter BowlerArtistic effort by Jane, one of the helpers in the church. Picture: Peter Bowler

Getting up close to a tarntula. Picture: Peter BowlerGetting up close to a tarntula. Picture: Peter Bowler

The motor show in the vicar's garden. Picture: Peter BowlerThe motor show in the vicar's garden. Picture: Peter Bowler

The ladies kindly played along for the camera. Picture: Peter BowlerThe ladies kindly played along for the camera. Picture: Peter Bowler

Another brilliant scarecrow. Picture: Peter BowlerAnother brilliant scarecrow. Picture: Peter Bowler

The Creation Station. Picture: Peter BowlerThe Creation Station. Picture: Peter Bowler

Enjoying the agricultural machinery. Picture: Peter BowlerEnjoying the agricultural machinery. Picture: Peter Bowler

Enjoying the agricultural machinery. Picture: Peter BowlerEnjoying the agricultural machinery. Picture: Peter Bowler

Otter Valley stand manned by Bob Wiltshire. Picture: Peter BowlerOtter Valley stand manned by Bob Wiltshire. Picture: Peter Bowler

Paul and Penny Kurowski from Friends of All Saints and event organiser. Picture: Peter BowlerPaul and Penny Kurowski from Friends of All Saints and event organiser. Picture: Peter Bowler

Art exhibition at Drake's School. Picture: Peter BowlerArt exhibition at Drake's School. Picture: Peter Bowler

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