BURLEY Summer Festival has announced its Scarecrow Trail will still go ahead.

The trail, that usually forms part of the much bigger Burley Summer Festival in the village, will start on Saturday, August 15.

Problems with social distancing has forced the cancellation of the Classic Car Show, Craft Fair and other events, but the Scarecrow Trail (and other family trails based in Burley village) will still go ahead.

Families will be able to visit the Round House in Burley-in-Wharfedale and pick up the various trails and have fun around the village visiting the scarecrows, voting for their favourite and participating in other trails/events along the way.

Jan Lepley, the Chair of Burley Summer Festival Committee said: “We were determined, despite all the issues, to still provide an event during August for the children (and adults) of the area to enjoy after months of lockdown and closed theatre, cinemas and other entertainment venues.”

The theme this year is Musicals and Jan said that early on the Festival Committee had been contacted by families in the village wanting to use the period during lockdown to start to make their Scarecrow.

“Usually we have over 100 entries, but this year we are expecting many more as we know some families have really got into this in preparation for August,” she added.

It’s still not too late to get your entry in so the Festival Committee is encouraging anyone in Burley who wants to enter a Scarecrow to use the form at burleysummerfestival.org or email burleyscarecrows@gmail.com.

Entries need to be in by Friday, August 7 in order for the Trail map to be designed and printed in time for the “opening night” of August 15th.