In Pictures: The Ice Cream Van Presents The London Scarecrow Championships

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In Pictures: The Ice Cream Van Presents The London Scarecrow Championships
The Ice Cream Van.
The Ice Cream Van.
Choosing the outfits for the scarecrows.
Choosing the outfits for the scarecrows.
Building up and stuffing the scarecrows.
Building up and stuffing the scarecrows.
Stuffing the scarecrows.
Stuffing the scarecrows.
Apple bobbling competition.
Apple bobbling competition.
Apple bobbling winner with an impressive time of 3.1s.
Apple bobbling winner with an impressive time of 3.1s.
The scarecrows and the van.
The scarecrows and the van.
Snail racing.
Snail racing.
Snail racing.
Snail racing.
The Walnut Whips band playing.
The Walnut Whips band playing.
Maypole dacing.
Maypole dacing.
General view of the audience.
General view of the audience.

Over the weekend, The Ice Cream Van came to Hackney City Farm. This colourful vehicle, the inspiration of Rebecca Davies, is touring the country collecting and celebrating local folk traditions, from snail racing to bog snorkeling. The Hackney stop-off included the London Scarecrow Championships, inspired by the rural tradition of scarecrow festivals, in which visitors created gruesome miscreations. So colourful was the day, we thought we'd share some photos, taken by José Farinha, with you. The ice cream van's itinerary over the coming months can be seen here.

Last Updated 24 July 2012