Entries due for Cambria Scarecrow Festival

This year's scarecrows go hi-tech, to wear QR codes for access additonal information

Special to The CambrianSeptember 5, 2013 

‘Curtis, the pumpkin-poaching ogre,’ created by Beverly Whitaker, was one of the stars of the 2012 Scarecrow Festival. The expected 400 entries this year are expected to be in place by Sept. 22, in advance of the Sunset Savor the Central Coast event Sept. 26 to 29.

ROGER TEETZEL — Courtesy Photo

The deadline to register all scarecrows for this year’s Cambria Scarecrow Festival is Tuesday, Sept. 10.  Plus, according to the festival organizers, if you are entering a new scarecrow this year, it will be eligible for judging only if it is registered by the deadline date. Only new scarecrows will be judged, with winners announced during the Scarecrow Festival Kickoff Party on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Cambria Nursery and Florist.

Festival Co-chairwoman Sue Robinson explained, “With the introduction of QR codes for each registered scarecrow this year, the application is taking a little longer this year.”

“QR” codes mean “quick response” — codes that smart-phone users can scan and go directly to a website with information about each scarecrow, like who made the scarecrow, etc.
Organizers expect about 400 registered scarecrows this year.

Registration is easily completed online at www.cambriascarecrows.com. For details, call Robinson at 927-2597 or Co-chairwoman Taylor Hilden at 909-9000.

Scarecrows must be in place by Sunday, Sept. 22, in order to be photographed the following day.  Judging by local media personalities and representatives of the tourism industry will take place Tuesday, Oct. 1.

The kickoff party begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. Tickets, $15, are now on sale at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main St., and online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/399096.

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