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Scarecrows transform west Norfolk village

Boughton scarecrow competition. One of the entries: Pictures submitted

Boughton scarecrow competition. One of the entries: Pictures submitted

Archant

A close-knit Norfolk community comprising less than 100 homes has created an impressive 24 entries for its biennial scarecrow competition.

Visitors to Boughton, near Downham Market, will have spotted a lot of unfamiliar faces dotted around this week.

With no theme to this year’s competition, villagers have really expressed themselves with scarecrows in all shapes and sizes being created, including one in a canoe on a pond.

The competition is organised by Boughton Village Caravan, which also puts on beer tasting and other events in the village.

The scarecrow competition started in 2008 as an annual event, but is now run every other year.

Organiser Peter Agate said a lot of hard work had gone into creating the scarecrows by both adults and children.

He said: “There is no theme to this year’s event, so we’ve got everything from a health and safety man gone mad to a footballer.

“There’s even a phenomenal one done by the scouts of a scarecrow kayaking in a canoe on the pond. There are also witches, as it’s coming up to Halloween.

“There are only about 200 people in the village and less than 100 homes, so 24 entries means about a quarter of the homes taking part, which is not bad. It’s a real community event.”

Judging of the competition will take place tomorrow and there will be prizes for both adults and children.

Has your local community joined forces on a competition or project? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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