The 2016 Harvest Cup: Best in the Valley title and trophy were handed over to Donna Andersen Ineman of The Home Connection in Solvang when the winners of the Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest and Contest were announced Nov. 16.
Ineman will hold the trophy through the end of the 2017 Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest, when it will be passed along to the winner of next year’s competition, a contest spokeswoman said.
The 2017 Scarecrow Fest will be held from Oct. 1 through 31 and will be structured slightly different than in the past few years, the spokeswoman said, adding the details will be announced soon.
Winners in each community were also announced at the Valleywide Chamber of Commerce Mixer held at Classic Party Rentals in Buellton.
Businesses, organizations and individuals created more than 150 scarecrows for public viewing and voting in the Valleywide competition that started Oct. 7.
Sponsored in part by Visit Santa Ynez Valley, the contest included the communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos and Solvang, which started the Scarecrow Fest in 2010.
Overall winners from each community were eligible for the Harvest Cup: Best in the Valley title, selected by an anonymous panel of judges from throughout the Santa Ynez Valley, the spokeswoman said.
The public voted for winners in six categories from among more than 100 scarecrows in Solvang’s seventh annual event, which included the entries from Ballard.
Popular vote winners included Del Sol for Best Photo Opportunity; Wandering Dog Wine Bar for Best Use of Recycled Materials; and Hanson’s Clock Shop Jewelers for Best Use of a Business Theme.
Other popular vote winners were Birkholm’s Bakery & Café for Most Danish; The Landsby for Spookiest; and Lucas & Lewellen Tasting Room for Most Humorous.
A panel of anonymous judges awarded Solvang’s Best Scarecrow title to The Home Connection, which went on to win the Valleywide title.
An honorary Solvang judges’ award was also bestowed upon Solvang residents Dave and Karen Rasmussen and their twin 8-year-old daughters, Maeve and Keira, for the family’s scarecrow Stanley.
Throughout this year’s monthlong Scarecrow Fest, the Rasmussens changed Stanley’s activities and location on their property on a daily basis.
More than 25 Los Olivos businesses participated in the Scarecrow Fest, with the public voting for winners in six categories.
Los Olivos General Store won the Best Los Olivos Scarecrow and represented the community in the Valleywide Harvest Cup competition.
Other winners were Sides Hardware & Shoes — a Brothers Restaurant for Most Humorous; The Sanger Family of Wines for Spookiest; Crawford Family Wines for Best Business Theme; Honey Paper for Best Use of Natural Materials; and Stolpman Vineyards for Best Traditional.
The Buellton Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau sponsored this year’s annual Buellton Scarecrow Fest.
The city’s scarecrows were judged by the public as well as a panel of judges.
Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden won both Best Use of Natural Materials and Best Scarecrow, putting it in the running for the Harvest Cup.
Other winners were Windmill Nursery for Most Humorous; Platinum Performance and the Buellton Post Office in a tie for Best Use of Business Theme; and the Buellton Senior Thrift Shop for Spookiest.
This year, Los Alamos rejoined the Valleywide scarecrow competition, with the Best Los Alamos Scarecrow Award going to D.L. Electric Inc., which rounded out the list of entries for the Harvest Cup trophy.
Other winners from Los Alamos were not announced.