A GIANT scarecrow outside of the Kestrel Inn is bound to draw a lot of attention over the coming weeks, especially as it is holding a crocodile guitar. The towering effort is the work of the pub’s owner, Phil Barnaville and friends and is an entrant in the Marehay Scarecrow compeition, part of the village’s annual show. Standing for all to see in the pub car park, the scarecrow is one of the first up, but Phil is hoping that his crocodile wielding handiwork will soon be joined by a whole range of other scarecrows: “It’d be great if everyone got involved and there were scarecrows outside every house.” Last year’s competition saw more than 40 entrants around the village, ranging from cricketers to leprechauns to straw spidermen and Phil believes this year’s show could see even more variety and invention in the designs on display.
The Marehay show is set to be bigger than ever this year, having moved to the village recreation grounds from the pub car park. With free entry and no limits on what the scarecrows should look like, this year’s scarecrow competition is sure to be a highlight.