Fall decor outside a store

Scarecrows Add Color To Big Bear Lake Village

Posted: 10/11/16 | By Hannah K

Kick off the season with a festive autumn shopping experience in the heart of Big Bear Lake Village and enjoy the third annual Scarecrow Festival.

If Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz were to direct people to see a soirée of his relatives on display in Big Bear Lake Village he would point in two directions, one finger pointing toward Pine Knot Avenue and the other pointing at Village Drive.

Now that October is here, so are dozens of scarecrows. It’s as if these stuffed creations have stepped out of a Hollywood movie set and onto the sidewalks of Big Bear Lake Village to greet guests to an inviting autumn atmosphere, which adds extra spice and seasoning to an invigorating shopping experience.


Now in it’s third season, is Big Bear Lake’s very own Scarecrow Festival. For the next five weeks (daily now through Sunday, November 6), scarecrows of all walks of life reside in front of storefronts and restaurants in Big Bear Lake Village. What makes these scarecrows special are participating merchants have given each scarecrow a piece of their heart, the same component Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz precariously was in search of. These handcrafted scarecrows in Big Bear not only have heart, but they are certain to warm shoppers’ hearts as they stroll from shop to shop.

The temperatures have dropped a bit, producing crisp evenings and mellow afternoons. These are ideal conditions to break out a light sweater and sip a hot cup of cocoa or pumpkin-spiced tea. The fall season is in full swing in Big Bear with a beautiful bouquet of autumn hues and fall foliage. Of course, Big Bear Lake Village is one of the hot spots to see these blazing leaves of yellow, gold, amber and red.

The scarecrows are an added bonus that gives Big Bear’s marketplace a joyful autumn twist. Merchants compete for best scarecrow in six different categories, which includes best reflection of Big Bear, most traditional, spookiest, best use of recycled material, most reflective of business or organization, and most humorous. Winners of each scarecrow category are determined by votes from the general public. The final day for voting is Sunday, October 30, 2016. An awards ceremony takes place Monday, October 31, 2016 during the Annual Halloween in the Village. Ballots and maps are available throughout the Village at participating merchants and at the Big Bear Visitors Center located at 630 Bartlett Road. To learn more about the Big Bear Village Scarecrow Festival, log on to

So when Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz says, “Pardon me, this way is a very nice way,” he of course is referring to the pathways in Big Bear Lake Village, and not the yellow brick road. These straw-filled, hat-topped seasonal icons are only around for a limited time (Now through November 6). Like Frosty the Snowman, these cheerful figures only come once a year before they make way for the next seasonal figures of snowmen and snow angels. So enjoy this season now for a festive autumn shopping experience in the heart of Big Bear Lake Village. October is ideal for those looking to find hidden treasures for the upcoming holiday season. So come up to witness the fall colors and these jovial one-of-a-kind scarecrows.

Fall for Scarecrows,

Daniel P.