Festival followed by straw poll

The McQuilkan family, who won with a dance to 'I Want To Break Free' by Queen
The McQuilkan family, who won with a dance to 'I Want To Break Free' by Queen
  • Near-record entry number
  • Bad weather forces change
  • Imaginative and inventive creations

Hay, you! Did you manage to make it along to Elie and Earlsferry over the weekend for the annual scarecrow festival?

Despite atrocious weather on Sunday, the fourth annual celebration of straw-filled characters and creations was voted a huge success, with a near-record entry hovering around 60.

Tthird place entry K9 Scrufts

Tthird place entry K9 Scrufts

This year, for the first time, the scarecrows were complemented by a pantomime horse dressage event – which was hastily transferred indoors to the church hall amid Sunday’s lashing wind and rain.

Nevertheless, a few equine beasts with suspicously human traits – and a pantomime cow from Ardross Farm Shop – strutted their stuff for the audience. Winners were the McQuilkan family, whose horse danced to ‘I Want To Break Free’ by Queen.

Elsewhere, the scarecrows – brightly dressed and mirroring a huge assortment of themes and characters, real and fictional – adorned streets, doorways, roofs, gardens, windows, and other nooks and crannies around Elie and Earlsferry, from Friday to Monday.

A few even arrived from outside Elie – one family, which holidays regularly in the village, made and brought theirs all the way from Aberdeen.

Kate Winslet and Leo Di Caprio in 'Titanic'

Kate Winslet and Leo Di Caprio in 'Titanic'

The winner this year was Charlie And The Chocolate Factor-Hay, ahead of The Simcrows (Simpsons) in second and K9 Scrufts in third.

It was organised once again by Elie Fayre Day Group, which arranges community events and supports local organisations and charities. It also made a £500 donation at Monday’s prizegiving to the East Neuk Emergency Trust.

Chairman Peter Wilson said the bad weather detracted slightly from it but there were many visitors, and lots of families strolling around in bright sunshine on Monday.

He also praised the very imaginative creations, which included numerous interactive scarecrow designs.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factor-Hay, this year's winning entry (picture by George McLuskie)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factor-Hay, this year's winning entry (picture by George McLuskie)

A judge

A judge