Solvang Scarecrow Fest
Solvang’s 7th Annual “Scarecrow Fest”: October 7 – November 7, 2016
Solvang will welcome next season in true fall style, as we kick off our 7th Annual Scarecrow Fest and Contest on Friday, October 7, coinciding with the start of Santa Barbara Wine Country’s “Celebration of Harvest Weekend” event. During the month-long Scarecrow Fest, which concludes on Monday, November 7, Solvang businesses and organizations will participate in the contest by featuring a scarecrow of their own creation, posted at their location.
Locals, tourists and area merchants will vote via ballot boxes scattered about the City, for scarecrow winners in six (6) different categories: “Best Scarecrow Photo Op”, “Best Use of Recycled Materials”, “Best Use of Business Theme”, “Most Danish”, “Spookiest”, and “Most Humorous”. Ballots will be available at the Solvang Visitors Center (1639 Copenhagen Drive) and at select Solvang businesses, and will feature maps to direct voters to each of the contest’s scarecrows.
Once a “Best Solvang Scarecrow” winner has been chosen, it will be entered into the Santa Ynez Valley-wide competition with the winners from Buellton, Los Alamos and Los Olivos, to determine the “Valley’s Best Scarecrow”. The ultimate winner will be announced at a November 16 ceremony in Buellton, where the Valley winner will receive the contest’s exclusive, handcrafted trophy, the “Harvest Cup”, to keep on display in their town until the conclusion of the following year’s contest.
Solvang’s own Eco Wine Furniture was awarded the 2014 Harvest Cup due to the scarecrow craftsmanship of owner, Jose Pedro Meza Santos.
The six different voting categories mentioned above, were selected through a conscious effort to nurture friendly competition and community among Solvang locals, to highlight the unique traits that Solvang possesses, and to encourage mindful, eco-conscious creativity. Past years’ Scarecrow Fests have received far-reaching publicity, drawing increased visitor activity to Solvang. In 2013, to spread the proverbial wealth, the Scarecrow Fest was expanded to include the five additional Santa Ynez Valley towns: Ballard (now part of Solvang’s Scarecrow Fest), Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez.
Solvang’s Scarecrow Fest was originally started as a way to drive business to each of the participating companies, storefronts, merchants and organizations, as well as to the town and the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley locales, in general. As added enticement for Solvang visitors, the Valley will play host to numerous and varied activities during the month-long Scarecrow Fest stretch. One such bonus is the October installment of Solvang Third Wednesday, on October 19, which will include the monthly Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk.
As Halloween nears, Solvang will also welcome guests to its 23rd “Annual Haunted House” and this year’s associated “Halloween Street Fest”, which will thrill visitors with food, fun and spirits on Saturday and Monday, October 29 and 31. The Haunted House and Street Fest will be held at/in front of the Solvang Festival Theater (420 2nd Street).
Questions about the 2016 Solvang Scarecrow Fest plans can be directed to Marisa Yott at: SYVScarecrowFest@gmail.com
To view the 2015 Solvang winners for both the Judges’ and the Popular Vote, click here!