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The winners have been announced in the first annual Tong Village Scarecrow competition, with the new event declared an outstanding success after 22 households scared away the crows with imaginative creations in their gardens and crofts.

Councillor Donald Crichton was the guest judge, and had a tough task on Friday evening (August 3rd) selecting between exhibits which ranged from traditional scarecrows to Star Wars characters, and from glamorous grannies to a whole class full of scarecrow schoolkids.

The winners announced on Friday evening were Adam Finlayson of Springside, who came first and won Sparkles the unicorn with his Springside superheroes.

Extra prizes were announced because of the exceptional response to the contest.

In second place were the cowboy builders of Donald Martin and family of Aird Tong and the Maclennans of Druim, Tong came third with their speeding BMX biker.

The competition was run to help raise funds for a new roof for Tong Village Hall and organiser Isobel Ann Macdonald is already thinking up new ideas for next year.

She said: “The scarecrows will be staying up into next week but we’re not sure if they will make it beyond that.

"We had so much fun and hope to make this an annual event. We will be back next year with bigger and better plans!”

The gallery pictures show: Donald Crichton undertaking his judging task on Friday. Winning entry the Springside superheroes. Second prize-winner the cowboy builders and the speeding BMX biker which came third.