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Scarecrow Invasion’s 20th Birthday Bash Draws Thousands

Stephen Vance, Staff

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Thousands of onlookers lined Sykes Street on Friday, September 30 to take in the 20th anniversary edition of Meaford’s Scarecrow Invasion parade, and the family festival that followed at the harbour.

Before the traditional parade, the OPP Golden Helmets returned to the festival for their third appearance in the past six years. Their precision manoeuvres on their Harley Davidson motorcycles impressed the crowd for nearly an hour before the parade began.

As has become the tradition for the festival, as the final float in the parade passed by, the large crowd of onlookers followed the end of the parade to the Rotary Harbour Pavilion where games, food, and fun were in abundance.

Also at the harbour, the winners of the apple pie baking contest as well as the business decorating winners were announced as follows:

Business Competition Winners:


Indoor Display: Rice’s Home Hardware

Outdoor Display: Howard Florist and Greenhouses

Honourable mention: Christ Church

Window Display: Muxlow Pharmacy

Honourable mention: Kerry’s Computer & Music

Best-of-the-best ‘Patches’ award: Muxlow Pharmacy

New this year: People’s Choice: Howard Florist and Greenhouses

(Criteria: Originality, Creativity and Effort, Use of Natural Products)

The awards will be presented to winners during the Meaford Chamber of Commerce After 5 on October 20.

Apple Pie CompetitionWinners:

Traditional (sponsored by Grandma Lambe’s)

1st:  Shirley Shortt

2nd:  Caley McInnis

3rd:  Gail Murray

Youth (sponsored by Bill’s Valu-mart)

1st: St. Vincent Grade 3s

2nd: Heidi Murray

3rd: Sadie Best

Novelty: Drew Acres

Be sure to pick up this Thursday’s print edition of The Meaford Independent for lots of great Scarecrow Invasion photos!

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