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- Start Date:
- October 1, 2018 @ 8:00 am
- End Date:
- October 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
The Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest October 1 – 31, 2018!
What started out as a little idea, has quickly grown!
In 2010, Sue Moualim of the Artistic Pony Studios, Ltd. and Susan Williams, of Solvang 3rd Wednesday, put their heads together to think of a great way to celebrate the Harvest and Autumn Season in Solvang. Naturally, scarecrows seemed the logical step and thus, Solvang 3rd Wednesday’s First Annual Scarecrow Fest was underway.
Sixty businesses joined in the fun and by October 2010, zany, quirky, sweet, traditional, Danish, spooky, crazy, and downright funny scarecrows were gracing window displays, sidewalks, and park benches as the Village of Solvang had a little celebration – much to the delight of the locals and tourists who were there for those fall months.
The hearty competitive atmosphere between the businesses and the impression of those kooky scarecrows, must have been a good one, because when the 2nd Annual Scarecrow Fest came around in 2011, over 80 businesses jumped on board and more than 600 voter ballots were turned in by the population that had traveled to Solvang, to have during our warm Harvest Season.
By 2012, the Solvang 3rd Wednesday Scarecrow Fest had grown to such proportions that over 100 businesses participated, more than 1,200 ballots were turned in, and Solvang 3rd Wednesday had to expand their scarecrow categories and introduced a panel of judges, because there were just too many incredible scarecrows to go around!
Well, now it’s 2017, and what started out as Solvang 3rd Wednesday’s Scarecrow Fest has since become the Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest – expanding throughout the entire Valley – so the humorous, good-natured feelings that the scarecrows impart can not only be seen in Solvang, but also in Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Buellton, and even Ballard.