It’s so much fun it’s scary!

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Organisers have hailed a successful inaugural scarecrow festival which they hope could become a tourist attraction in future years.

Villagers in Staining will find out on Sunday which of the 41 entries will be given first prize in the scarecrow competition.

Mother-of-four Sharon Leadbetter, 32, from Windmill Close, in the village, came up with the idea.

She said: “We had an absolutely fantastic response for a first attempt and we’ve had good feedback about it since.

“Everyone’s been saying how they enjoyed walking round and that it’s brought the community out and brought the community together.”

The entrants ranged from a First World War soldier, Aladdin and his magic carpet, a Salvation Army bandsman with trumpet, Napoleon, and the Wizard of Oz.

Sharon took inspiration from Coun John Singleton, who represents the village on Fylde Council and keeps a scarecrow in his garden to ward off birds, and now hopes the annual event will grow to attract visitors from further afield than the Fylde coast to see the exhibits.

She added: “I’m hoping it does that. A lot of the locals have said if they didn’t take part this year they’re going to take part next year.

“Hopefully it will bring more people in to see the small community we have.”

The winning scarecrow will be announced at Staining Field Day, a festival of outdoor games and sports, which takes place on Sunday.

The prize giving will be held in the village hall at 12.30pm.