THOUSANDS of people have descended on Belbroughton for the first day of the Scarecrow Festival which returned this weekend.
More than 100 scarecrows have been created in the village to welcome visitors.
The theme this year is Village Life but the creators also paid homage to the Rugby World Cup which started this week and other characters included The Queen, Bear Grylls, Tony Blair and David Cameron.
One visitor Ellie Steward, from London, took along her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter.
She said: “We were here to visit friends and they suggested it was a nice family day out.
“It’s absolutely brilliant – the atmosphere here is really nice.”
She also praised Belbroughton’s village library in the red telephone box.
“I haven’t seen one like that before – it’s fantastic.”
Volunteer Doreen Rigby said: “We are really excited it’s been brought back.
“It’s such a good event and really brings the whole village together.”
The headteacher of Belbroughton Primary School Clare Bishop was journeying around the village as part of the five-person scarecrow judging panel.
She told The Standard: “It’s wonderful to have it back.
“There are so many lovely people here this year.
“The villagers have done a wonderful job – it looks amazing.”
This year there are more than 100 scarecrows which is double than the usual number.
There are also a host of other activities, including local craft and food producers will be celebrated and there will be stalls from local charities.
There are also be some market traders, crazy games, Belbroughton animals and the much-loved mini steam train.
Vintage Cars will be on show on the school field and the organisers promised surprises around every corner in the village as people head off to search for scarecrows.
The Talbot and The Crown at Iverly have teamed up to put on two days of live entertainment and there will be street food and a carnival atmosphere.
Among those performing on Saturday in the car park at The Talbot were Ben Vickers, Jessica Rhodes, Wedding Crashers, Jack Gayler and Giles and Sully.
People could take water bottles along as, thanks to Severn Trent, there will be free water filling stations.
Visit the Belbroughton Scarecrow Festival 2019 Facebook page for more information.