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Cambria a finalist for ‘Happiest Seaside Town,’ but it needs your vote

Cambria Scarecrow Festival: See how the kooky and eclectic scarecrows are made

Volunteers build the whimsical, kooky and eclectic scarecrows each year for the Cambria Scarecrow Festival, which runs throughout October in Cambria, Harmony and San Simeon. Here's a look at how the scarecrows are made.
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Volunteers build the whimsical, kooky and eclectic scarecrows each year for the Cambria Scarecrow Festival, which runs throughout October in Cambria, Harmony and San Simeon. Here's a look at how the scarecrows are made.

Cambria could be named the “Happiest Seaside Town in 2018” — but it’s going to need some help from voters to get there.

The North Coast community was nominated via social media as one of 10 finalists in Coastal Living magazine’s annual competition.

Coastal Living looked at each town’s rank on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of clear and sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, crime ratings, standard of living and financial well-being of locals, geographic diversity, and its editors’ assessment of each town’s “coastal vibe.”

“All of these towns embody two things we love about the coast: access to beautiful beaches and vibrant communities,” said Sid Evans, editor-in-chief of Coastal Living. “We’re so excited to have this opportunity to engage readers and see which town earns the No. 1 spot.”

In order to vote, visit the coastalliving.com and select Cambria from the field of finalists, which includes Anna Maria, Florida; Traverse City, Michigan; Ocean City, New Jersey; Vero Beach, Florida; Cape Charles, Virginia; Bluffton, South Carolina; Bellport, New York; Hampton, New Hampshire; and Cannon Beach, Oregon.

None of the towns on the list has a population of more than 20,000; Cambria is the fifth-largest.

As of Thursday, Cambria was in ninth place in the online voting, ahead of only Cannon Beach. Traverse City and Ocean City occupied the top two spots.

Votes can be submitted once per minute through 2 p.m. on Feb. 6. The final rankings will be revealed online on June 12.

A drone soars over the Cambria coast at sunset.

Cambria Pines Lodge sets up lights and Christmas displays for a past incarnation of the Cambria Christmas Market. Workers put up 30 miles of lights for the annual event.

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