Anybody wondering whether the Cambria Scarecrows Harvest Weekend was a success hadn’t tried to find an East Village parking spot on Saturday, Oct. 12.
“The town was so packed all day,” said Penny Church, an organizer for the East Village Harvest Market set up throughout the historic area.
“Jack Breglio said he counted more than 370 visitors inside” the Cambria Historical Museum that day, and “there were at least 70 to 80 cars parked in the rodeo grounds,” with more in just about every other available space in downtown.
Saturday’s celebration included 35 vendors, many of whom were locals, Church said, from Soto’s Market barbecuing Hearst Beef in the back yard of the Cambria Historical Museum to four antique shops displaying collectibles under the oak tree in front and various booths and musicians scattered throughout.
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The new “spread it out” format was because “we wanted to get people out walking around East Village, to see the scarecrows and other businesses,” she said.
There are more than 420 scarecrows set up throughout Cambria and San Simeon.
Other events, including the Harvest Pie-Tasting contest at the farmers market Friday, Vine Dining Chef’s Dinner on Sunday night and farm tour Monday also were pronounced sold-out successes.
Paige Spiller, a 15-year-old student who wants a culinary arts education, won the pie contest’s pumpkin/ squash category with her Sweet Potato Pecan pie. Syrie Etter’s Amazing Apple Pie won in the fruit category, and Kelly Johnson’s Espresso-bean Mousse Pie won in the nut/bean category.
More than 100 people sampled the pies, according to organizer Consuelo Macedo.