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