MUCKHART has welcomed some new additions to the village, in the shape of a number of creative scarecrows.

Residents have been getting crafty with their ideas and around 40 can be seen in gardens within the area.

They have been doing so for the very first Muckhart Parish Scarecrow Competition, which forms part of an event taking place this weekend.

Those in the village will be welcomed to The Great Muckhart Get Together in the park on Saturday, June 18.

Organised by the Muckhart and Glendevon Amenity Society, it is in line with many other activities happening on this date to commemorate the life of Jo Cox.

It hopes to bring the community together for some good old home spun fun, remembering that that 'we have more in common than divides us'.

Secret judging has been taking place for the scarecrow contest and the homemade fancy dress competition will take place at the weekend, with judging set for 12.30pm at the church.

This will be followed by a piped parade through the village, led by a vintage car, before a whole host of fun between 1-4pm.

The day will bring local produce stalls, a raffle, tombola for children, coconut shy, lucky dip, facepainting, games, egg and spoon races, tug 'o' war, refreshments, ice-cream and cake.

A number of community groups and outlets are involved in the event, including Muckhart Primary School Parent Council, WRI, the church, Muckhart Community Council, Coronation Hall Committee, Monas of Muckhart, The Inn at Muckhart and lots of volunteers.

Proceeds from the day will go to Muckhart Primary and the Coronation Hall.

People in Muckhart are invited to grab some friends and neighbours, take a blanket, picnic and Thermos, and in the spirit of the event, take a sharing plate.