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Elton John World News: ''Elton'' is Part of Scarecrow Competition

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Wednesday 30 May 2007 @ 15:16 - GMT

This Web site's Herman's Habits once carried an item about a scarecrow festival which included a facsimile of Elton.

It turns out the vocalist is back again at the annual event.

In fact, a record number of scarecrows are on display in Wetwang, attracting visitors from across the region.

The annual festival attracted 75 official entries, plus more than two dozen more scarecrows from previous years.

Visitors streamed into the village to see the creations over the bank holiday weekend, putting the festival on course for its most successful year to date.

Jilly Rewse-Davies, secretary of the village hall committee, said: "Last year we had about 2,000 visitors over eight days and following such a busy weekend we think we will get more than that this year.

"It's well worth a visit for people of all ages and the scarecrows are fantastic.

"It's like a trip to Madame Tussaud's, only better."

She said the committee hoped to pass last year's fundraising total of £4,000 for the village hall fund.

Judges plan to select the best scarecrows in classifications including pop star and cartoon.

There will also be a prize for the public's favourite scarecrow, which will be presented on the last day of the fest on Sunday. In 2004, the replica of Elton won this category.

The closing day will also be attended by the village's honorary mayor, BBC Look North and Radio Humberside weatherman Paul Hudson.

It is sponsored by Hull Colour Pages, which paid for programmes to be printed.

 Rewse-Davies said the success of the festival was down to the village's community spirit.

She said: "The village hall is the centre of this community and it runs events for people of all ages, from pensioners to toddlers.

"Everyone feels it is theirs, so people are generous with their time when it comes to events to support the hall.

"Everyone's looking forward to next year and I think a few people have picked up some inspiration from this year's entries."

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