Lacock, a small village just outside Chippenham, has a resident population of 350 at the last count but each year at the end of March the head count increases by almost 50.
As the Easter Holidays loom strange beings start cropping up all over the village. Strange beings disguised as heroes, heroines, villains and sidekicks.
OK, OK without getting too corny, oops, it's the time of year of the annual scarecrow invasion for the Lacock Scarecrow Festival.
Now in its third year, the scarecrow festival has come a long way in a short length of time.
Not only has it become an annual event but it has also got virtually every household in the village busy making full-size straw men (and women).
And competition between neighbours is, to say the least, intense.
Each year, towards the end of March, naked scarecrow frames are dragged out of storage from garden sheds, garages and cupboards, throughout the village, and togged up according to a theme.
This year the theme is 'Fictitious Heroes and Villains. In the run up to the Easter Holidays, straw men are made up, dressed up and positioned throughout the village. And they can be seen just about anywhere from cottage roofs and gardens to hanging around in doorways or peering out from behind windows.
This year there are 48 'corny characters' positioned on a well marked trail and visitors are invited along to wander the trail and discover the scarecrows. Trail maps, costing £1.50 each, show the way and all visitors have to do is guess the names of each scarecrow (it can be harder than it sounds).
With all the correct answers going into a prize draw, with a £250 grand prize voucher up for grabs, the more you buy the more chances you have of winning.
The Lacock Scarecrow Festival 2006 runs from Saturday 25th March 2006 and goes on until Monday 17th April 2006. Trail sheets cost £1.50 and are available at the village stores, Quintessentially, The Bakery, The Museum, Red Lion, Stable Tea Rooms, Ivy Café and The George. All proceeds will go to Lacock Primary school.