It’s like the Oscars for scarecrows, and it’s coming to Cambria for the first time on Thursday, Oct. 3. The first-ever Cambria Scarecrow Festival Kickoff Party offers the opportunity to be the first to hear which scarecrows were chosen by a panel of judges as the winning entries in the month-long Cambria Scarecrow Festival.
The two-hour party will include finger foods from San Simeon restaurants (sponsored by the San Simeon Tourism Alliance), wines from the seven vineyards and wineries of the Pacific Coast Wine Trail, and samplings of a seasonal-crafted beer by Cambria Beer Company.
Ron Perry and Mary Schwalbe will perform. The scarecrow judges are Bob Chute, editor/publisher of Paso Robles magazine; Ian Parkinson, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff; Dan Shadwell, KSBY morning news anchor; Brittany Silverstein, KCOY news producer/reporter; and Paul Sloan, director of sales and marketing for Visit San Luis County.
The party is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Cambria Nursery and Florist.
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Tickets ($15) can be purchased at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce (767 Main St.) and online at http://www. brownpapertickets.com/ event/399096.
The scarecrow festival begins Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 31. Volunteer organizers expect over 400 scarecrow entries this year. For details, go to www.cambriascarecrows.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 909-9000 or 927-2597.