Hello supporters of the Cambria Scarecrow Festival. First, I want to thank all of you who took the time to fill out our survey. It was extremely helpful to those of us on the board. We believe we have come up with a plan that will be fun for visitors and Cambrians alike while still adhering to Covid-19 protocols.
There will be four display areas in Cambria and one in San Simeon that will be set up with one-way walkways for viewing the scarecrows.
- East Village. In the parking lot of the old Brambles building on Burton, the display will be about our town. It will represent some of the businesses and various activities we have in Cambria such as the Christmas Market, Art and Wine Festival, Harvest Festival, Pinedorado, and Film Festival.
- Mid Village. In front of the Santa Rosa Catholic Church on Main Street there will be a display about the ocean featuring fishermen, mermaids, and other whimsical sea creatures.
- Pinedorado Grounds. This display will be about fantasy and include some of our more zany creations.
- West Village. The lot next to the Shell Station will display a very colorful Day of the Dead Fiesta.
- San Simeon. This year the Zombies will be electing a mayor of Zombieville, so voting will be the theme—zombie style.
All the scarecrows will be positioned and spaced in specific, well-defined areas to make them easily viewed by parking and walking. The Scarecrow Walk is unique in that it is outdoors, and in this configuration, we believe the displays can be easily enjoyed while still supporting the wearing of masks and social distancing. We are following the California Department of Public Health guidelines for outdoor museums and galleries.
We do encourage all of you to display a scarecrow of your own. We will not be judging scarecrows this year, but we do want everyone to register their scarecrows at Cambriascarecrows.com. We are working on a free Cambria map app that people can download to help them locate the scarecrows throughout town. So even if you are putting out scarecrows that you have put out before, please register them so they can be included on the map.
We fully understand the economic impact the pandemic has had on our town. That is why we have refrained from asking business owners to contribute to the festival. But it does cost us money to keep going. We have the funds to put on the festival this year, but we are very concerned going forward. So, if you are in a position to help, please go to Cambriascarecrows.com and donate. We would be most grateful.
Our plan is to put on an extraordinary festival in 2021 doing all the things we had planned for this year and more. Unfortunately, pandemic restrictions kept our volunteers from getting together to build new scarecrows, which usually starts in April. Just wait, though. Our creative team has come up with so many unique and elaborate ideas; it will be incredibly exciting to see them come to fruition.