The All-New, Socially-Distant Scarecrow Festival in 2020

The Scarecrow Festival is back and ready to welcome visitors in a whole new way! With social distancing in mind, the displays are set up in a new and exciting way, and you will love the fun themes, unique creations, and whimsical interpretations of current events. Some are spooky, some are silly, but all are sure to make you smile! Book your stay in Cambria this October to experience the magic of the Scarecrow Festival in person—you won’t want to miss this must-see event!

Download the Visit Cambria app available on iOS and Android before you come to preview the scarecrows on display this year.

This year, there will be four displays set up around Cambria that allow for visitors to walk or drive past the displays, while maintaining current safety guidelines. The scarecrows will be positioned and displayed in well-defined areas around town that can be viewed by parking and walking. This year’s inaugural Scarecrow Walks are unique in that each display is outdoors, and they can all be easily enjoyed while maintaining social distancing. Use the Visit Cambria app as a guide through the festival, with location details and previews of the scarecrows.


The first display, named Cambria Strong – A Village Fair, will be set up in the East Village, in the parking lot of the old Brambles restaurant across from the Rigdon House. The scarecrows displayed in this exhibit will represent businesses and different activities that take place in Cambria, like the Cambria Christmas Market, Art & Wine Festival, Film Festival, and many more.


Fantasy by the Sea will be the theme of scarecrows displayed in front of Santa Rosa Catholic Church on Main Street. Oceanic adventures abound in this exhibit, with scarecrow sea creatures from myth and reality swimming all about.


The Pinedorado Grounds display, named Fanciful Cambria Fair, is all about fantasy, with characters from famous fairytales frolicking among some of our favorite scarecrow celebrities.


Sugar skulls and bright colors adorn the celebratory scarecrows at the Dia de los Muertos display, located next to the Shell Station and the Main Street Grill.


There will also be a special Zombie Voting Rally display in the neighboring town of San Simeon, where one of the zombies will be running for Mayor!

For more information on how this year’s scarecrows were created, visit the Scarecrow Festival website and read their blog, Dr. Crow in Lockdown.

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