The winners of the 2018 Edmonds Scarecrow Festival were recognized Monday evening at an Edmonds Historical Museum reception.
“This year we had 91 scarecrows entered, 31 of which came from new builders who hadn’t entered in previous years” said festival coordinator Dave Buelow. “The creativity was absolutely over the top, but best of all was the tremendous community enthusiasm and participation. This year I’m happy to report that we beat last year’s record with more than 4,200 votes cast for the best scarecrows. ”
First-place winners in each category received a certificate, a family or business 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:
Second Place – Barbara Stellar for ” Grandma Gargoyle ”
Third Place tie – Wendy Clarke for “Nightmare on 9th” and Tricia Spivey for “Candy Corn Scarecrow”
Second Place – Sno-King Youth Club for ” Sno-King Blast from the Past”
Third Place – Lice Spies for ” Itchy Witchy”
Second Place – Scriber Lake HS for “Calavera Caterina”
Third Place – College Place Elementary for “Pikachu”
Financial/Insurance/Real Estate Category:
Second Place – Coldwell Banker Bain for “Save Our Pumpkins”
Third Place – Coastal Bank for “Coastal Mermaid”
Second Place – Hunni Company ” BEETRINA CATRINA!!”
Third Place – Anchor Chic for “Scarecrow’s Bride”
Second Place – Taki Tiki for “Tiki’s Cousin It”
Third Place – MAR-KET for “Oogie Boogie”
Best First-time Scarecrow Builders:
Residential – Barbara Spivey “Grandman Gargoyle”
Non-residential – MAR-KET for “Oogie Boogie”
Best Depiction of Edmonds History:
Art Walk Edmonds for ” Art’ist the Mural’ist”
And finally, this year’s honor for top vote-getter overall goes to Ten Gun Design for “Captain Deadmonds Shipwreck Cove.”
These results — along with photos of all winners in each category — are posted on the Edmonds Museum website.
“We’re always looking for new ways to make this event even more fun, and this year we added the ‘Scarecrow Hunt,’” said Buelow. “We put special numbered medallions on several downtown scarecrows, and invited the public to hunt them down and mark them on a tally sheet. All completed tally sheets were put in a special drawing for some pretty fantastic prizes provided by Wooden Spoon, Anchor Chic, Edmonds Bookshop, Comstock Jewelers and Revelations Yogurt.”
The winners of the first ever Scarecrow Hunt are:
- Amy Thomas won a $25 gift certificate courtesy of Anchor Chic
- Heather White won a set of earrings courtesy of Comstock Jewelers
- Tara Ashton won a $25 gift certificate courtesy of The Wooden Spoon
- Ryan Camden won a $25 gift certificate courtesy of the Edmonds Bookshop
- Austin Hitch won two $10 gift certificates courtesy of Revelations Yogurt
Buelow noted that the museum is always on the lookout for ways to make the Scarecrow Festival even better in the future. “We welcome and encourage any and all ideas and suggestions from the public to make this fun annual event even more special,” he said.
“And a heartfelt thanks to all the scarecrow builders, and to everyone who voted or just walked past and enjoyed being part of this fun annual autumn event in Edmonds,” he continued. “The Scarecrow Festival wouldn’t happen without all your efforts. We live in a great community!”
Helping draw attention to the scarecrow entries were the big yellow signs place by each one 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.
The Edmonds Museum is located in Edmonds’ historic 1910 Carnegie Library at 118 Fifth Avenue North. It is open year-round between 1 and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
— By Larry Vogel