Cambria has long been known for its beauty and the creative community that resides therein. It has so much to offer: the rugged coastline, forests, rolling hills, friendly citizens, a quaint village — and scarecrows!
Believe it or not, it’s getting to be that time of year again — time to think about creating your scarecrow for the Cambria Scarecrow Festival in October! No, it’s not too early to start, not if you want to be satisfied with your guy or gal and you want him to hold up throughout the month.
But you don’t have to go it alone, and that’s why I bring this up now. Mark on your calendars these dates: July 9 and 23 and Aug. 6 and 13 (all Tuesdays). Those are the days of the workshops being offered to teach you the “fine art” of constructing one of these beauties. (If you’re already a pro, perhaps you can come and lend some expertise.)
The classes are designed to be taken one after the other (so, you need to have taken the first one to attend the second “part”), after which you will wind up with your own jolly being to be placed around town. Those who took classes last year are welcome as long as space permits.
Speaking of space, attendance will be limited to Cambria residents and business owners aged 12 and over; anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult (good excuse to go play, I’d say!) If you belong to an organization wanting to have a scarecrow representing you, the instructors ask that you send no more than two attendees per group.
Yes, it’s gotten to be the hot ticket, so you may want to sign up now, which you may do so by going online to www.cambriascarecrows.com (click on “Participate”). Presented by the Cambria Historical Society, this festival has grown from something like 32 scarecrows in 2009 to over 350 by last year.
As the website mentions, October is our best time of year with clearer days, warmer temperatures and that holiday nip to the air at night. It also shares numerous other events around town happening in the same season. (The site is fabulously designed by Bill & Maleika Lacy of River Addiction, I might add, with slideshows of scarecrows all around town, clips from other links about our fair town and other helpful advice about visiting Cambria.)
How big and “official” is this event, you may ask? It has been written up in such publications as the Huffington Post, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune and on ABCnews.com.
This year, the organizers are even going to high-tech as to add QR codes (those odd little black and white boxes with squiggly lines) to each of the entries! All people will need to do is point their smart phone at it to find out who made the scarecrow and other fun facts, plus it can post directly to Facebook pages other social media.
Wow, we’ve come a long way, baby. And if you would like to get in on the fun and frivolity of Cambria’s fifth annual Scarecrow festival this October, go online and register, attend the workshops and watch the magic unfold!