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Solvang business owner offers coffee for life after scarecrow is vandalized

Scarecrow was part of annual festival

SOLVANG, Calif. - The annual Santa Ynez Valley scarecrow competition is underway but one Solvang business is just hoping to have their entry returned to its former glory.

The owner of Cloudspotter's Cafe in Solvang has offered an untraditional reward to whoever returns the scarecrow mask that was stolen outside of his business: coffee. 

The scarecrow at Cloudspotter's Cafe was decorated to look like a Starbucks employee, complete with a bright, multi-colored unicorn mask -- similar in style to the infamous "Unicorn Frappucino" released earlier this year by the coffee giant.

The cafe's owner said he was at the library working on a sign application for the newly opened business when he was informed that the scarecrow had been vandalized and the mask had been stolen.

Steve, the business's owner, said the newly opened business could not offer a cash reward but would offer "free cold brew for life" to whoever returns the mask.

The scarecrow mask has since been replaced with a Krusty the Clown mask from The Simpsons and a message to the thief.

The scarecrow was part of the Solvang Scarecrow Fest which is part of the greater Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest. Businesses that sign up for the yearly event place decorative scarecrows outside of their storefronts to raise business and community engagement.

Anyone with information about the vandalism or the stolen mask can contact Cloudspotter's Cafe on Facebook.


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