Four classes in July are scheduled to help make entries in the fourth annual Cambria Scarecrow Festival in October the best ever.
It will be tough to top last year’s remarkably successful festival, in which more than 250 of the highly creative soft sculptures were placed throughout town.
Few of the previous entries have been of the old clothes-straw-and-pitchfork variety, and most crows confronted by them likely would be more confused than scared.
Characters in the 2011 festival ran the gamut from surfers and a bird watcher to a quartet of singing nuns and a priest, a uniformed high school band, a large mermaid spangled waist to tail with CDs and bathers complete with tubs.
Coordinator Valerie Eastman said, to make a physically accurate, attractive scarecrow shape, “the necks are crucial, the shoulders and necks. This year, we’re making all the participants eat a lot of oatmeal and bring the boxes with them,” because the round Quaker Oats boxes make the best neck coverings. Cambrians can donate oatmeal boxes by taking them to the Cambria Historical Museum at the corner of Burton Drive and Center Street.
Workshop participants already include artisans from “the farmers market, fishing club, mah jongg club, University Women, Native Daughters, the lighthouse,” just to name a few, Eastman said, adding that it’s “all about community and fun.”
Each successive workshop builds on the prior workshop, so scarecrow makers are encouraged to show up for all:
•Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, how to construct papier-mache heads.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, how to smooth heads and add features.
•Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, painting faces.
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, body building and dressing the scarecrow.
All classes will be at Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St. For details, call Eastman at 927-9556 or Susan Atencio at 927-4628. Preregistration is required. For details, go to www.cambriascarecrows.com.
The Cambria Scarecrow Festival Committee of the Cambria Historical Society presents the scarecrow festival for the entire month of October, in conjunction with the Historical Society’s Harvest Festival Oct. 12 through 14. The Cambria Tourism Board and other donors also provide funds. —Kathe Tanner