The Central Coast Town Celebrates Its 5th Annual Scarecrow Festival
Photos by: Sheila Merritt
Cambria Gets Stuffed...with Scarecrows
Although it's slightly outside of our usual
jurisdiction, most Los Angeles horror fans will
overlook the faux pas given there are not too
many articles about...Scarecrows! While on a
trip up the coast, horror literary critic and
friend Sheila Merritt chanced upon a
scarecrow festival and was good enough to
share her photos with us.
In 2009, the Central Coast city of Cambria held its first Scarecrow
Festival. According to the official website of the event, there were
originally 30 entries, but last year's count included more than 350.
The numerous scarecrows and scarecrow vignettes occupy the
quaint town's East and West Villages, Moonstone Beach Drive and
have even spread to the nearby town of San Simeon.
Visitors can interact with the scarecrows, as
each one possesses its own QR code. Each
QR code will reveal information about its
respective scarecrow. Also, you can vote for
your favorite scarecrows and, at the same
time, be entered into a raffle for various prizes
– featuring a grand prize of a 2-day Cambria
getaway package. The Cambria Scarecrow
Festival operates during the entire month of
October. So, if you'd like to visit the area, plan
accordingly so you can experience other local
– alas, non-horror related – delights.