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The Olympic Scarecrows of Brailes

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Who needs Pokemon Go when you have the option of a free scarecrow trail in a local village and Olympic Scarecrows at that?

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The nation has gone Olympic's crazy in support of our competitors in Rio. I don't know about you but I've managed to catch a few of the sports on the television and news coverage and whilst I'm not particularly sportive and neither is CK we wanted to get in on the Olympics action.

For us that meant going to see the Scarecrow's of Brailes. The Scarecrow trail is part of the village's 'Brailes Show' which is taking place this Saturday 13th August and in addition to the typical summer fete activities and competitions (best flowers, cake etc), there is also a best scarecrow competition. In support of this the local community has really 'gone to town' with 37 entrants in all and what is even better is that the theme for this years Scarecrow trail is 'The Olympics'.

So today CK headed off to the village on our hunt for Olympic Scarecrows. There is a full map of the trail showing all the locations throughout the village and you can download this here but CK and I decided that the ones on the main road through Brailes were enough for us today (although we will probably go back with CD and find some more another time). The voting for the best scarecrow takes place at the show on Saturday and I shall be very interested to find out which one will win (although I think they are all fantastic).

I was also thinking this would be a great activity for kids to make (as a smaller version) - a couple of bunches of straw would be all you'd need to make a doll sized scarecrow. I might have a go at this with CK when he's a bit older.

Here are some pictures of our favourites - which one do you like best? Let me know in the comments below.

Olympic Scarecrow
1. Archer

Olympic Scarecrow
2. Gymnast (rings)

Olympic Scarecrow
3. Fencing
Olympic Scarecrow
4. Pole Vaulting
Olympic Scarecrow
5. Equestrian

Olympic Scarecrow
6. Diver (Tom Daley) - located above a brook in the village

Olympic Scarecrow
7. Gymnast

Olympic Scarecrow
8. Trap Shooting (clay out of sight in image)
Olympic Scarecrow
8. Cyclist

Olympic Scarecrow
10. Gymnast
Olympic Scarecrow
11. Olympic hurdler
Olympic Scarecrow
12. "Walter Vaulter"

Olympic Scarecrow
13. Archer
So you've seen our favourites - which is yours? let me know below in the comments.

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14 comments

  1. These are all really amazing and so much effort has gone into them. It's really hard to pick a favourite #sharingthebloglove

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    1. I know what you mean - unfortunately I missed the show so didn't get to vote but I'm not sure how I would have voted anyway as there were so many good ones #sharingthebloglove

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  2. I can't believe how close you must be to me. Brailes is 5 mins down the hill from us, we get our bread from the bakery at the weekends, and my friend's scarecrow is the one in the red tracksuit. My favourite is the jockey, but I love seeing them. I meant to take N to see them but haven't been around. Hopefully we'll spot them on Saturday morning before the show. #sharingthebloglove

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    1. Wow you are close - I'm about 5 minutes in the other direction from Brailes. The red scarecrow - I love that one its fantastic. unfortunately I missed the show on saturday - do you know which scarecrow won as I've not been able to find out #sharingthebloglove

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    2. Ah no I don't know. I didn't vote at the show, so didn't see what scores were going on until it was announced.

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  3. Wow, these are so cool, what a lovely idea! My favourite is the showjumping, but the hurdler comes a close second, I love it! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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    1. The showjumper was definitely one of my favourites - so clever too. CK thought it was fantastic. #sharingthebloglove

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  4. This is brilliant, I can't believe how good they are and how much trouble people have gone to. I love the fencer. So much fun to spot them all. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x

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    1. The fencer was one of the first ones I saw and made me want to find more. Such a lovely and fun summer activity for all ages and its free too! #sharingthebloglove

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  5. This looks like so much fun, such a great village spirit. x #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. It's so lovely to see the great community spirit in this village and so many households got involved. I know if I lived there I would have taken part too. #TwinklyTuesday

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  6. What a brilliant idea, wow love Tom Daley #SharingtheBlogLove

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    1. I thought the positioning of Tom above the brook with the diving boards in the background was inspired. A fantastic idea #sharingthebloglove

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  7. The gymnast on the side of the building is pretty cool! #sharethebloglove

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