ONLY a few days remain for creative scarecrow designers to get their entries registered ahead of a popular annual competition.
This time next week the weird and wonderful straw creations will be starting to pop up around Elwick and Castle Eden.
And organisers are reminding those who want to get involved that they haven’t got long to book their spot in this year’s contest.
The Midsummer Madness theme is sure to have got people thinking about how to make their scarecrows.
But the wait to see the scarecrows – which will undoubtedly be up to their usual fantastic standard – is nearly over as people can start setting up their entries around the two villages from next Monday.
The judges with the toughest job of all will then announce the winning scarecrows and the winning village on Sunday, June 23, as part of a day of activities on Elwick village green.
Hilary Thompson, chair of the Elwick Millennium Association, which organises the annual competition, said: “We are hoping for as good a turn out as we normally get for the scarecrow competition.
“The standard of entries every year never fails to amaze residents and the judges, and I for one can’t wait to see the scarecrows when they start appearing around the village next week.
“The initial deadline for entries passed yesterday but we aren’t going to stop anyone who wants to enter and people can still register their scarecrows this week.”
Elwick’s entries for this year’s competition should be registered in the village post office.
Residents in the village will also be hoping their designs will wow the judges and guarantee the village wins back the crown from Castle Eden, who won the village contest last year.
“The standard in both villages is always fantastic but we are hoping to win the shield back this year,” added Hilary.
Keep your eye out for dozens of photographs and videos which will feature in the Mail and Peterlee Star and on our websites of the wonderful scarecrows when they start to appear around the villages.