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Flamstead Scarecrow Festival

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Today Dave and I went to the annual Flamstead Scarecrow Festival with Emma and Mark.

I've only been there once or twice before, when they first started holding this festival just over a decade ago. They had clearly expanded the whole thing since then; there was a similar amount of scarecrows, but now there was also a group of stalls, live music outside one or two of the pubs, cream teas in the church hall and Morris dancers outside it.

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The best scarecrow, in my opinion, was the Elmer the Elephant with a round furry blue monster on his back. Apparently Elmer is 25 this year! I also really liked the row of Pac-Man scarecrows, the Brownies scarecrows and the Toad of Toad Hall scarecrow in his (real) motor car. Dave also liked the Darth Vader scarecrow.

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As well as walking the streets looking at creative scarecrows, we looked round the stalls, had a slice of cake at the church hall and watched the Morris dancers perform.

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Emma and I went into the church of St Leonard and were given a short tour by a friend of Emma's. He showed us the medieval wall paintings (the finest or oldest in Hertfordshire after those in St Albans cathedral, apparently) and the 16th century graffiti carved into two of the pillars.

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Posted by 3Traveller 11:38 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged art united_kingdom sisters scarecrows flamstead traditional_customs Comments (0)

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