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4th Annual Solvang Scarecrow Fest Bigger and Better

Friday, October 11, 2013 at 08:00 AM — 05:00 PM

Solvang Businesses making the 4th Annual
Solvang Scarecrow Fest bigger and better!

  The 2013 Solvang Scarecrow Fest officially has 117 entries which reflects the harvest going on all through the Santa Ynez Valley. This year’s Scarecrow Fest will, for the first time, be expanded to include four additional Santa Ynez Valley towns: Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez.
 During the month-long event, which concludes on Monday, November 11, Solvang businesses will participate in the contest by featuring a scarecrow of their own creation, posted at their location. Locals, tourists and other area merchants will vote via ballot boxes scattered about the City, for scarecrow winners in eight different categories: “Most Danish”, “Best ‘Action’ Scarecrow”, “Best Use of Natural Materials”, “Best Traditional Scarecrow”, “Spookiest”, “Best Use of Business Theme”, “Most Humorous”, and “Best Use of Recycled Materials”. Ballots will be available at the Solvang Visitors Center and at participating businesses, and will feature maps to direct voters to each of the contest’s scarecrows.
  Use this opportunity to email your customer list and invite them to join the fun. Consider providing some treats to visitors who have come to town to check out our unique scarecrow entries or create a special offer to enhance their visit. Make sure your scarecrow is up no later than the 10th of October because the independent judges will start voting on the 11th. Scarecrows that are not up may not be judged.
  Once a “public” winner has been chosen for each category, the “Best Solvang Scarecrow” will be selected by a panel of 10 judges, who will be presented with one scarecrow winner from each of seven different areas of Solvang. The Best Scarecrow from Solvang will be entered into the Valley-wide competition with the winners from Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez, to determine the “Valley’s Best Scarecrow”. The ultimate winner will be announced on November 20 at 2:30 PM, at the Wildling Art Museum (Mission Drive and Fifth Street), during the November edition of Solvang's monthly "Third Wednesday". 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 Scarecrow Fest was created to drive business to each of the participating businesses and organizations, as well as to the town and the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley locales, in general. The eight different voting categories mentioned above, were selected through a conscious effort to nurture friendly competition and community among the local businesses, to highlight the unique traits that Solvang possesses, and to encourage mindful, eco-conscious creativity. Last year’s Scarecrow Fest received nationwide publicity, drawing markedly increased visitor activity to Solvang.

For more information visit: http://syvscarecrows.com