THE popular annual pig-themed scarecrow competition returns to Ripley today.
From today (Aug 24) until Monday (Aug 29) the village will be filled with a variety of scarecrows, all with pig heads and names, inspired by local history.
In 1355 Thomas de Ingilby, an ancestor of Sir Thomas Ingilby of Ripley Castle, saved King Edward III from a wild boar attack and now has his crest - a boar’s head - as the emblem of the village.
The scarecrows are hidden in trees, on walls, in shop windows and around the church and visitors are challenged to match the inventive names - such as Boarglar Bill, Pigmaylion, Porkupine and Thumboarlina - to the numbers on the scarecrows. Entry sheets are £3 and available from all the shops in the village.
Prizes are a £35 voucher for a meal at the Boar’s Head Hotel, family entry to Ripley Castle and grounds and a £35 hamper from Hopkins Porter. Proceeds from the festival will be given to All Saints’ Church for organ repairs.