The good old British weather did its worst but Dyke Scarecrow Festival was still a success with dozens of creative straw figures on display and village entertainment.
Although many chose to stay dry and view from their cars, there were plenty who decided to brave the weather and were treated to a dog show by local dog agility trainers, On the Ball, and a scarecrow dance by Bourne dance company, LDC.
Local farmer and owner of The Event Company (Stamford) Ltd, Will Ash, kindly lent organisers a marquee to keep the stallholders dry and there classic cars, tractors and sheep on display.
Robin Woodward, Dyke Village Hall Committee member and one of the event organisers, said – “The scarecrows were amazing and seem to get better each year.
“It was hard to pick a winner which accounts for the wide dispersal of the public vote. However, three scarecrows secured the winning spots and the trophy changes hands yet again.
“The third place scarecrow was ‘Tom Daley’, diving off a resident’s wall. Second was ‘Auntie Lizzie’, the queen having tea on her birthday and in first place, created by Lauren Anderson, was ‘Rider Away!’.
“It was such a shame that the rain front sat over us the whole day, but we still had a great time.”
As in previous years, the competition prize fund was donated by The Wishing Well Inn and other sponsors included Santos Printers, Stringers, Claybournes, The Stores Dept and Universal Fitness Centre, with support from George’s.
The scarecrows remained on display for the whole weekend attracting a large turnout of visitors on the Sunday too, benefitting from the drier weather. The organisers are considering expanding the festival yet again next year, to a two day event in an attempt to beat the weather and extend the fun.