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2013 Scarecrow Contest Results


Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

By: Laura Kath (Expired article)

Solvang, CA -

The public came, played, stayed, and voted for their favorite scarecrows during the first-ever Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrowfest held from October 11 to November 11, 2013. Sponsored in part by the Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association, this first Valley-wide Scarecrowfest delighted thousands of visitors and residents of all ages according to organizers Scarecrows were crafted by businesses, individuals and schoolchildren put on display throughout the Santa Ynez Valley in the five communities of Solvang, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Los Alamos and Buellton.

Five winning scarecrows from each town were eligible for the "2013 Best in the Valley Harvest Cup" and announced on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at the Wildling Museum, 1511-B Mission Drive in Solvang. The very first Scarecrow Fest was held in Solvang in 2010 initiated by the Solvang Third Wednesday committee led by Susan Williams and Sue Moualim. Sixty Solvang businesses joined in the fun and by 2012, more than 100 businesses participated and 1,200 public judging ballots were received. The fourth annual Solvang Scarecrow Fest in 2013 featured 120+ handcrafted scarecrows with the top winner chosen by a panel of judges; the public voted for their favorites in multiple categories. To see all the Solvang winners, please visit the website. More information nad photos on winners can be found on Solvang Third Wednesday's Facebook Page. The overall Solvang Scarecrow Fest winner that competed for the Best in the Valley Harvest Cup was "The Scream" created by Andrew Moore & Anjie Park of Lucas & Lewellen Tasting Room.

The newly formed Santa Ynez Chamber of Commerce proudly sponsored the first-ever “Santa Ynez Scarecrow Village” that was on display at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum from October 22-31, 2013. Santa Ynez businesses partnered with Santa Ynez Valley student classrooms and school organizations to take part in creating a scarecrow. During the Halloween Sagunto Street Faire on October 31st, scarecrows were silently auctioned off to visitors, locals and everyday witches and warlocks with all proceeds benefiting the scarecrow’s creator/classroom/non-profit.

The scarecrow “Geppetto and Pinocchio" created by Mrs. Graciano's kindergarten class at Solvang School and sponsored by Santa Ynez Valley Vision Source / Dr. Dennis Bales and displayed at Brent & Jeff’s Flooring was deemed Best Scarecrow of Santa Ynez.

In Los Olivos, more than two dozen businesses participated for the first time in Scarecrowfest sponsored by the Los Olivos Business Organization. Visitors and residents alike picked up a ballot at participating merchants or download one from the website and casted their votes. Best Scarecrow of Los Olivos was "The Garlic Guy" created by business owner Poul Palmer of Los Olivos Home Grown.

In the ‘old west with a new twist’ community of Los Alamos, the first Scarecrowfest was coordinated by Los Alamos Merchant Society members. Folks voted for their favorite during the Los Alamos Third Saturday Evening Stroll on October 19, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and the most-liked was The Crows Scarecrow" created by business owner Madeleine Jex of The Gentleman Farmer Antiques.

       
Best of Los Alamos “The Crows Scarecrow" was created by business owner Madeleine Jex of The Gentleman Farmer Antiques; Best of Los Olivos- "The Garlic Guy" was created by business owner Poul Palmer of Los Olivos Home Grown; Best of Santa Ynez: “Geppetto and Pinocchio" was created by Mrs. Graciano's kindergarten class at Solvang School and sponsored by Santa Ynez Valley Vision Source / Dr. Dennis Bales and displayed at Brent & Jeff’s Flooring; Best of Solvang—"The Scream" was created by Andrew Moore & Anjie Park of Lucas & Lewellen Tasting Room. Photo Credits: Tenley Fohl Photography

For the first time ever, the Buellton Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau sponsored the Buellton Scarecrowfest. With maps and ballots judged by locals, tourists and an anonymous panel of judges named "Headless Horseman" created by business owner Matt Snyder of Valley Pets. This hugely creative scarecrow was named 2013 Harvest Cup Winner-Best in the Valley by an anonymous panel of five judges (pictured below).




Photo credit: Tenley Fohl Photography






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