Every fall, the charming coastal communities of Cambria and San Simeon come alive with a vibrant display of creativity and community spirit. The Cambria Scarecrow Festival, Inc. has become a beloved tradition, weaving together art, sustainability, and educational support in a tapestry of whimsical scarecrows.
The roots of this enchanting festival trace back to 2009 when it took its first steps with just 30 scarecrows. Fast forward to today, and this remarkable event has blossomed into a community-wide celebration featuring hundreds of these iconic figures. What sets the Cambria Scarecrow Festival apart is not just the sheer number of scarecrows but also the heartwarming stories and aspirations they represent.
At its core, the festival is about more than just a curious attraction—it’s about fostering artistic creativity and visibility within the Cambria and San Simeon communities. The scarecrows, brought to life by local artists, business owners, students, and enthusiastic volunteers, transcend their traditional roles as agricultural guardians. Instead, they become singing, pedaling, dancing, swashbuckling, and even flying works of art.
One of the festival’s most significant achievements is its commitment to education. The Cambria Scarecrow Festival provides scholarships to local high school students poised to graduate and embark on careers in the arts. This investment in the next generation of artists ensures that the creative spirit continues to flourish in the community.
The festival’s success is a testament to the power of collaboration and community engagement. It takes a village to organize and host such a popular event, and the Cambria Scarecrow Festival welcomes volunteers from all walks of life. You don’t need to be an experienced artist to get involved—everyone is welcome, and there’s a place for all who share a passion for art, sustainability, and the joy of bringing whimsical scarecrows to life.
So, whether you’re a visitor looking to immerse yourself in this unique celebration or a local eager to contribute your creative spark, the Cambria Scarecrow Festival invites you to join in the magic. Explore the streets of Cambria and San Simeon, where scarecrows of all shapes and sizes await, each with its own story to tell. It’s a festival that not only delights the senses but also warms the heart—a true testament to the enduring spirit of artistic expression and community camaraderie.