Watch out the scarecrows are about!

As many of you will have noticed, scarecrows have sprung up across the town for the annual Wilmslow Rotary Scarecrow Festival.

Look out for the weird and wonderful creations which can be found hanging out on the streets, on display in shop windows and even positioned high on the rooftops.

Now in its 8th Year, the Wilmslow Scarecrow Festival has once again brought colour and fun to the town centre with many businesses choosing to adopt this year's movie theme - so keep a sharp eye out for some of your favourite stars of the large and small screen.

Rotarian Geoff Shelmerdine said "Each year the standard of scarecrows increases and the hours of painstaking attention to detail is evident. The competition to win £100 for Best Business Scarecrow is naturally an incentive but those businessess making and entering a scarecrow also enter into the spirit of the Wilmslow Rotary Scarecrow Festival and I applaud their creativity and support for local worthy causes."

The colourful, noisy and traffic stopping Scarecrow Parade will take place on Saturday, 1st July, at 11am and 2pm. Setting off from Wilmslow Library Rotary Robin and Rosie, two 4m high scarecrows, will be accompanied by the award winning Co-operative Brass Band.

New for this year, over 70 local children will have the opportunity to join the parade carrying one of the 75 small scarecrows which have been sponsored by local businesses and organisations.

Councillor Ian Ferguson said "All they need to do is turn up half an hour before the parade starts and confirm where any of the large scarecrows can be found. They will then be given a hand-held scarecrow and asked to join the parade. Then if they bring it with them to the Wilmslow Show they will get free entry and there will be a small time slot for them to join the scarecrows to parade in the main arena."

This popular family event runs until Saturday July 8th, then a selection of scarecrows will be on display in the rotary tent at the Wilmslow Show on Sunday 9th July.

All profits from the Scarecrow Festival will be donated to local charities.

Wilmslow Scarecrow Festival