For almost a decade, a committee of hard-working volunteers has raised more than £7,000 for local clubs and charities, using festival proceeds. On May 13, crowds descended on the village to admire the 17 scarecrows that had been lovingly designed by residents and organisations. This years winner was the schools out for summer scarecrow created by Little Paxton Primary School, followed by Bill and Ben in second place. Veronica Williams, committee chairman, said: We have loved doing it over the years. The original organisers started the event as a way to get the community involved and to try and get residents to support local charities and organisations. Mrs Williams added that throughout its time, almost every club in the village had been awarded funds from the festival, including the church and the local cricket club.