PREVIEW: Return of Ripley scarecrow hunt

Already dotted throughout the village in rafters, trees and on walls work is well underway for the return of Ripley Scarecrow Pigfest
Already dotted throughout the village in rafters, trees and on walls work is well underway for the return of Ripley Scarecrow Pigfest

The hunt is on again as visitors prepare to scour Ripley for hidden pigheaded scarecrows.

Already dotted throughout the village in rafters, trees and on walls work is well underway for the return of Ripley Scarecrow Pigfest on Wednesday, August 23.

Originally organised by Karen Evans the scarecrow trail has continued to grow and encourage people to visit the village and support its shops, following on from the foot and mouth crisis in 2001. Funds raised through the day also go towards support All Saints Church.

Mrs Evans said: "The event is really important for the church and it brings a good amount of people to the village for our shops. While we have a good mix including art galleries and butchers we have plenty that are tucked away.

She added: "The important thing is that people have fun, but they can have more by taking part with a competition sheet. As you go along you identify the scarecrows and win prizes, Sir Thomas (Sir Thomas Ingilby) has kindly given us a stay at the The Boar's Head to offer and there is a cash prize of £30.

"Come along to Ripley and have a really fun family day out which helps to support the village."

Alongside hunting for Boara the Explorer or Boarglar Bill there will be two chances to scale All Saints Church and put your teddy bears through their paces, sending them down a zip-line set up from the church tower. Taking place on Saturday, August 26 from 11 to 12pm and Monday, August 28 from 2 to 3pm the proud owners will be able to claim a badge from organisers to remember the day.

The theme of pigs has its roots in the Ingilby family, Sir Thomas Ingilby of Ripley Castle is said to have saved King Edward III from being gored by a wild boar in 1355.

Shops throughout the village are offering the competition sheets for £3, fill in the name of the scarecrow and the number that is assigned to it and you could have the chance to win a prize.