The Cambria Scarecrow Festival is inaugurating two new activities in 2016.
Both activities are designed to increase the quality, variety and number of scarecrows for the annual October display. First up is a free scarecrow-building workshop for local students. The second is the creation of cash prizes for the best of this year’s new constructions.
On Saturday, July 30, a free workshop will be hosted at the Cambria Grammar School from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Local youth organizations are encouraged to have their members participate. The festival will make a donation of $25 to each organization that has at least one student participate.
This workshop will focus on building traditional scarecrows to celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary. All materials will be supplied, and the completed scarecrows will be stored by the festival and then placed in special community display in October.
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The festival also announced that for the first time, it will award cash prizes to the top scarecrows in each of the following categories: best scarecrow sponsored by a business; best scarecrow sponsored by a club or organization; best scarecrow built by an individual not affiliated with a club or business; and best animated scarecrow. In addition, a special cash award will be given to the best student scarecrow. A large number of ribbon-only awards will be given in a variety of categories.
To be eligible for a prize, scarecrows must be registered with the festival no later than Sept. 19 and installed by 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. Registration information can be found at www.cambriascarecrows.com
This year’s awards will be announced on Saturday, Oct. 1, at a free community event to be held at the Cambria Veterans Memorial Building at 2:30 p.m. Judges for this year are KSBY morning co-anchor Scott Daniels, The Tribune entertainment editor Sarah Linn and Archer & Hound Advertising owner Jessica Blanchfield.
Cash award categories
Best of Show: Adult, Best of Show: Student, Best of Show: Animated, Best Scarecrow Representing a Business, Best Scarecrow by a Club and Best Scarecrow by an Independent Resident.
Student ribbon award categories
Most Historical, Most Lifelike, Most Creative, Most Fun, Most Traditional and Best of Student Workshop.
Adult ribbon award categories
Best Traditional Scarecrow, Most Imaginative Scarecrow, Best Scarecrow Inspired by Real Life, Best Humorous Scarecrow, Best Scarecrow Using the Unexpected, Best Sports Scarecrow, Best Patriotic Scarecrow, Best Scarecrow Involving Cows, Best Scarecrow Honoring Cambria’s Sesquincentennial, Best Group Installation, Best Returning Scarecrow and Best of Adult Workshop.