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Kimono-clad Scarecrows

The residents of the Yorkshire Dales village of Kettlewell hold an annual scarecrow festival for ten days in August. During the festival one will find scarecrows around every corner, on windowsills and in gardens, in churchyards and on telephone poles. This year there was even one hanging by its neck from a tree. Some of them were goofy, others sweetly traditional. Some made biting political statements. Others were bawdy. You can tell the whole village puts its heart and soul into the project. I hope these pictures do it justice.

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Taken on August 17, 2005