They’ll be slapping on the factor 15 and sipping on sangria: Elford’s scarecrows have been granted a summer of rest after eight consecutive years of ‘straw-tacular’ fundraising, with a promise to return in 2019.

The event has proved increasingly popular as more visitors than ever discovered the ‘ex-straw-dinary’ creations around the normally sleepy streets of Elford. The Festival is run entirely for good causes; total donations made have reached far more than the organisers could ever have thought possible- in excess of £70,000 since the event started. St Peter’s Church and Elford Village Hall benefitted from the majority of donations, and other local benefactors include the Burton Soup Kitchen, the Pathway Project supporting victims of domestic abuse, and the Snowdrop Suite at Burton Hospital.

In 2018 the village will be taking a break from running the Festival, with a promise to return next year. “The festival is run entirely by volunteers, with a team of over 60 ensuring the smooth running of every aspect of the weekend”, said Ursula Middlemore, Elford Scarecrow Festival Chairwoman. “We’d like to preserve and restore their energy and commitment with a well-deserved year off. During this time we’ll be focusing on ensuring we return with more amazing scarecrows to surprise and delight our visitors, and a festival all the family can enjoy in 2019”.

On August 24th & 25th 2019 the Festival will be back, with one simple aim- to continue to raise money for local good causes.