The winners of the 2016 Edmonds Scarecrow Festival were recognized and honored Monday evening at a reception in the main exhibit area of the Edmonds Historical Museum. An annual event, the Edmonds Scarecrow Festival combines fun, creativity and community building as residents compete for the top prize in several different categories.
“This year we had 76 scarecrows entered,” said festival coordinator Dave Buelow. “The creativity was absolutely over the top, but best of all was the tremendous community enthusiasm and participation. Last year 2,250 votes were cast for the best scarecrows. This year more than 4,000 votes were submitted.”
First-place winners in each category received a certificate, a family membership to the Museum, and the honor that comes with contributing to the fun of living in Edmonds.
This year’s winners are as follows:
First Place – Wayne Hakola for “Papa Wayne – The Safety Scarecrow”
Second Place – Marjie Bowker for “Seeking the Great Pumpkin”
Third Place – The Seville Condominium for “Scary Choices”
First Place – Ten Gun Design for “It Takes a Village”
Second Place – My Edmonds News for “Ed!-Tropolis”
Third Place – The Trike Stop Childcare and Preschool for “The Trike Stop”
First Place – The Edmonds Library for “BFG (Big, Friendly Giant)”
Second Place – City of Edmonds Engineering Dept. for “Edgar Allen Crow”
Third Place – The Debbie Lerass Children’s Center for “The Children’s Center Scarecrows”
Financial/Insurance/Real Estate Category:
First Place – McDonald-McGarry Insurance for “Northwest Blue Tarp Camper”
Second Place – The Hagen Firm for “The Accountant”
Third Place – Absolute Mortgage for “Willy Wonka”
First Place – Sound Styles for “Tilly Tuppence, The Bird Lady”
Second Place – Comstock Jewelers for “Bridezilla”
Third Place – The Hunni Company for “Beeeetrice Hunni B”
First Place – Anthony’s Homeport and Beach Cafe for “Ursula the Octopus”
Second Place – Salish Sea Brewing for “Thirsty to the Bone”
Third Place – The Chanterelle for “Ms. Squirrel-Lynn Away”
And finally, this year’s honor for top vote-getter overall goes to Windermere Real Estate for “The (not so) Scary Life of Pets.”
These results are posted on the Museum website along with photos of all the winners in each category.
Something new this year were the big yellow signs place by each scarecrow identifying it as part of the Edmonds Scarecrow Festival. “These signs were a big hit,” Buelow said, “and we really want to recycle them to use again next year. So if you still have your sign, please return it to the Museum.
“To help make the Scarecrow Festival even better in the future, we’ll be sending out a survey to current and past scarecrow builders,” he added. “We also welcome any ideas and suggestions from the public to make this fun annual event even more special. And a heartfelt thanks to the scarecrow builders, and to everyone who voted or just walked past and enjoyed being part of this fun annual autumn event in Edmonds.”