WEST Kilbride’s Scarecrow Festival is fast approaching and the celebrations promise to bring the town together.

Organised by the West Kilbride Improvement Group, the main fun day will take place on Saturday, August 4 with something for everyone and more.

The festival and parade are now synonymous with the village and locals, visitors and old natives travel in their droves to see the best scarecrows and enjoy a fun-filled day with family and friends.

The parade will this year start at 12.30pm, leaving the station and instead of dressing up, the children are this year being asked to make a scarecrow on a stick to bring along with them.

Earlier this year the Herald reported that the festival was in jeopardy of being cancelled but with our intervention and rounding up of local groups, the organisers got to work and the fun day sounds like it will be one of the best yet.

Elizabeth McLardy from the WK Improvement Group told the Herald: “In the Glen we have booked West Sound FM who will be doing the compere, large stage where Village Folk, Lion Dancers etc are doing a turn.

“ACES are setting up the giant slide, bubble football, inflatable assault course and a bouncy castle.

“KA Leisure are providing a Tadpull for the younger children and there will be no charge for these events in the Glen, its all free.

North Ayrshire Schools have made over 40 Scarecrows, which will be sited in Main St and Ritchie St for ease access for visitors to find them, all their pals will be all over West Kilbride.

“There will be a hidden object in shop windows and treasure trail competition for the whole week.”

Prizegiving for the festival will take place the following week in the Village Hall.

If you want to get involved or make a scarecrow for display in the village, please contact elizabethmclardy@hotmail.com, who will be happy to help.