Through the creation and annual public display of scarecrows, the Cambria Scarecrow Festival, Inc. provides a sustainable, inclusive, collaborative set of programs to encourage artistic creativity and visibility to the communities of Cambria and San Simeon.
The Cambria Scarecrow Festival made its first appearance in 2009 with just 30 scarecrows. Since then, thanks to enthusiastic volunteers, it has grown into a community wide event featuring hundreds of scarecrows.
The scarecrow festival is more than just a curious attraction. The festival also provides scholarships to students poised to graduate from Cambria’s high schools who plan to pursue careers in the arts.
Visitors now enjoy seeing scarecrows singing, pedaling, dancing, swashbuckling, and flying throughout Cambria and San Simeon. Creators of these whimsical characters include local artists, business owners, students, and volunteers who don’t think they’re artists but really are.
It takes a village to put on this popular festival, and there are volunteer opportunities for anyone who’s interested in helping. Everyone is welcome and you don’t need any experience.
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Disclaimer: Cambria Scarecrow Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This website is solely to showcase some of the Festival’s scarecrows, displays and activities. These postings do not constitute recommendation, permission, authorization, or imply endorsement of any of the scarecrow characterizations depicted therein by Cambria Scarecrow Festival, Inc. Any likeness or references depicted in the scarecrows reflect the choice and work of the individual artists. Cambria Scarecrow Festival, Inc. expressly disclaims any liability arising from the work of the individual artists.
Paulla Ufferheide, President
Diane Franciscovich, Secretary and Special Events Coordinator
Kim Zabel, Treasurer
Kim Miller, Social Media Coordinator
Mary Nixon, Volunteer Coordinator
Patty Rixman, Friends Program Coordinator
Terri Pilot, Dr. Crow Coordinator
Christopher Brazelton, Vice President, Community Outreach