Wurzel would have been so proud of scarecrow delight

Clockwise from bottom left: Cameron McAlpine-Mackay (6), Mungo Somerville (11), Morgan McAlpine-Wemyss (11), Isla Timmermans (11)  at Elie's Scarecrow Festival, Elie
Clockwise from bottom left: Cameron McAlpine-Mackay (6), Mungo Somerville (11), Morgan McAlpine-Wemyss (11), Isla Timmermans (11) at Elie's Scarecrow Festival, Elie

STRAW was spun into gold, figuratively speaking, as the Elie Scarecrow Festival made a spectacular return over the weekend.

Over 50 home-made creations – 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.

Winning entrant - meet The Guildstones (picture by Neil Doig, 1913008)

Winning entrant - meet The Guildstones (picture by Neil Doig, 1913008)

Rainy weather initially on Friday may have left some scarecrows a little bedraggled but enthusiasm for the event remained as fresh as ever.

Local people and visitors alike were encouraged to soak up the atmosphere by taking a stroll around to appraise the scarecrows and marking their favourite three in order of preference on a special map.

It was organised once again by Elie Fayre Day Group, which arranges community events and supports local organisations and charities.

The next big date in its diary is Elie Fayre Day itself, on July 13.

The festival was complemented by other events on Saturday and Sunday, before Monday’s straw poll results were announced.

In first place was ‘The Guildstones’ – the modern Stone Age family, with a Dr Who ‘Elien Invasion’ second and ‘Ladies Who Munch’ finishing third.

Fayre Day chairman Peter Wilson said: “The village was very busy over the weekend – 600 maps were sold – and it was a great success. Thanks to everyone who created scarecrows and who visited the festival.”

Our pictures feature a few of the many scarecrows on parade – and a some are catching up on the latest news in their East Fife Mail.