Pinedorado days have just ended, but the Cambria Scarecrow Festival wants to remind everyone that it’s less than a month until the streets will be lined again with fanciful creations.
A number of deadlines and milestones are coming up. For those building or sponsoring a scarecrow, the most important one is Sept. 18. That’s the required date to register a scarecrow to receive a nametag and its accompanying QR code. The QR code allows visitors to learn more about the scarecrow and connect to the sponsoring business site, when available. Also, only registered scarecrows are eligible for prizes in the best scarecrow competition.
To register a scarecrow, visit the site www.cambriascarecrows.com and click on “Participate.” Individuals who want their scarecrows considered for judging need to have them in place no later than Sept. 27.
The winning scarecrows in all adult categories will be announced at a gala kickoff party Thursday evening, Oct. 1, beginning at 5:30 at the Cambria Nursery. The event features food and wine from 15 local restaurants and wineries, and it will include music, raffles and a silent auction of wine barrels decorated by local artists. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 at the Chamber of Commerce or by visiting the events page on the festival website.
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New this year to the festival will be a special display of scarecrows at the Pinedorado Grounds. A series of vignettes will bring to life this year’s theme of “A Magical Place.” To celebrate the setting as well as local students, the festival and Lions Club will host a special salute to students on Saturday, Oct. 3, from noon to 2:30 p.m. This free event will feature the presentation of awards to students with winning scarecrows, as well as a magic show, treats and other surprises.
As always, the scarecrows will remain in place through the end of October. Scarecrows will be on display in Cambria, San Simeon and Harmony.