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Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest

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Monday, October 1 2018

Solvang’s 8th Annual “Scarecrow Fest”: October 1 – 31, 2017

Location: Throughout the Valley

The Santa Ynez Valley will welcome the fall season as it kicks off the Annual Santa Ynez Valley (SYV) Scarecrow Fest and Contest on Sunday, October 1, 2017, coinciding with the Santa Barbara Wine Country’s “Celebration of Harvest Weekend” event. 

This year’s Scarecrow Fest, sponsored in part by Visit Santa Ynez Valley, will for the fifth time, include the “SYV” communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Olivos and the town that started the original Scarecrow Fest, Solvang. The month-long Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest will run through October 31, 2017, during which time visitors and SYV locals are encouraged to play, stay and enjoy the scarecrow sights and many scheduled, season-appropriate events.

The Santa Ynez Valley will boast upwards of 150 scarecrows this year, on which the public is invited to judge and vote for their favorites in the “field”. The winning scarecrows from each town will be eligible for the “2017 Harvest Cup: Best in the Valley” title and trophy, the winner of which will be announced at a November 15 ceremony in Buellton. A Solvang business, The Home Connection, was awarded the 2016 Harvest Cup for their scarecrow entry entitled “Succulent Sam”.

Each of the Santa Ynez Valley towns holds their own, individual Scarecrow Fest and associated Contest; the rules vary slightly from town to town, but all have the ultimate goal of appointing a “Best Scarecrow” to represent each respective town in the quest for the Valley-wide Harvest Cup trophy.

More information about this year’s Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest is available at

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