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- Start Date:
- October 9, 2015 @ 9:00 am
- End Date:
- November 9, 2015 @ 10:00 pm
- Throughout the Santa Ynez Valley
The Santa Ynez Valley will welcome the fall season as it kicks off its Annual Santa Ynez Valley (SYV) Scarecrow Fest and Contest on Friday, October 9, 2015, coinciding with the start of Santa Barbara Wine Country’s “Celebration of Harvest Weekend” event. This year’s Scarecrow Fest, sponsored in part by Visit the Santa Ynez Valley, will for the third time, include the “SYV” communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and the town that started the original Scarecrow Fest – and last year’s contest winner – Solvang. The month-long Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest will run through November 9, 2015, during which time visitors and SYV locals are encouraged to play, stay and enjoy the scarecrow sights and many scheduled events.
The Valley will boast more than 200 scarecrows this year, on which the public is invited to judge and vote for their favorites in the “field”. The SYV Scarecrows, crafted by local businesses, individuals and school organizations, will be showcased throughout the Santa Ynez Valley in the five main communities of Solvang (including Ballard), Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Los Alamos and Buellton. The winning scarecrows from each town will be eligible for the “2015 Harvest Cup: Best in the Valley” title and trophy, the winner of which will be announced at a November 18 ceremony in Buellton. Solvang business, Eco Wine Furniture, was awarded the 2014 Harvest Cup due to the scarecrow craftsmanship of owner, Jose Pedro Meza Santos.
Each of the five Santa Ynez Valley towns holds their own, individual Scarecrow Fest and associated Contest; the rules vary slightly from town to town, but all have the ultimate end goal of appointing a “Best Scarecrow” to represent each respective town in the quest for the Valley-wide Harvest Cup trophy.
More information about this year’s Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest is available at www.syvscarecrows.com, Scarecrow seekers may also follow the Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest happenings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, at facebook.com/SYVScarecrowFest, twitter.com/SYVscarecrows, and instagram.com/syvscarecrows. Scarecrow voters and visitors are also encouraged to use the hashtag #syvscarecrows in all on-line discussions of the SYV Scarecrow Fest.