A popular scarecrow festival is set to return next month for its third year.

The Little Lever and Darcy Lever Scarecrow Festival will return on October 7 to 15, promising to bring smiles to all in both areas.

The festival will officially be kick-started with an opening day event at the Little Lever Library with activities including a cake sale and there will be a celebration day to end the festival from 11pm to 3pm.

The celebration event will include voting for the winner, stalls, activities, dance, music, and food at Little Lever Working Men’s Club.

Last year’s scarecrows included a range of characters such as Spiderman, a jellyfish, a criminal and police car, Back to the Future, Frozen and more.

Cllr Andrea Taylor-Burke said she is looking forward for the festival to return.

She said: “The scarecrow festival is on its third year and this year it will run from October 7 to 15.

The Bolton News: Someone turned their tree into a monsterSomeone turned their tree into a monster (Image: Cllr Andrea Taylor-Burke)

“Residents, businesses, and schools can register to enter by WhatsApp, email, or Facebook, we have a scarecrow page on Facebook, Little Lever, and Darcy Lever Scarecrow Festival.

“Each year the creations get better and better.

“We have had new entries every year and are hoping this year will our best yet.

“It's lovely to see the community coming together and having fun.

“We have an opening day at the Little Lever Library on October 7 and a celebration day at working men's club in Little Lever on October 15.

“Throughout the week we hope to see many visitors, we also would love to see more businesses putting on scarecrow deals and showcasing what we have here in Little Lever and Darcy Lever.

“Funds raised at the events help to support my mental health organisation, The Life Support Group, and also the community group Love Little Lever.

The Bolton News: ET inspired scarecrowET inspired scarecrow (Image: Cllr Andrea Taylor-Burke)

“We have first, second and third place winners in three categories which are residents, schools, and businesses.

“There will be an opportunity to vote for a people's choice on the celebration day also and we have many stalls attending the celebration day and we will also crown the winners.

“Jack The Pumpkinhead will also be making an appearance.”

Andrea said the festival brings the community together and brightens spirits.

She said: “It puts a smile on people's faces as they see the gardens with scarecrows.

“It's just really nice to see people get involved and come together. It makes me feel extremely proud to live in this wonderful community.

“People have lots of smiles and giggles when they see the scarecrows.

“Residents can pick a map up from the library on October 7 that will show them where they all are.

“It's a lovely family activity for all the family. Even the grown-ups love it more than the kids.”

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