A window cleaner was left clinging to a first floor windowsill at Wolferton after losing his ladder at the weekend.
Thousands of people witnessed his plight but none thought to call the emergency services because the “incident” was part of the village’s three-day scarecrow festival.
About 150 scarecrows in witty and imaginative guises contended for visitors’ attention. They included a grumpy train spotter at the old station, a crocodile in a hedgerow and an airborne “RAF Rescue” helicopter.
A spokesman for the event, Ben Colson, said about 18,000 visitors enjoyed the displays. “It was a busy weekend and all the feedback I received was that people thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We set out to give people a fun day out and if we achieved that we have done our job.”
The festival is held every two years and raises money for community organisations and charities.
Beneficiaries this year will include the village church and social club, Norfolk Hospice Tapping House and the Prince’s Trust.
Special exhibitions were staged this year covering the Coronation, the East Coast Floods, the history of the railway in Wolferton and a Tornado plane crash on nearby marshes in 1983.