Sunday, June 16, 2024

Meaford Scarecrow Invasion & Family Festival 25th Anniversary Celebrations Fast Approaching

It will soon be time for the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Meaford Scarecrow Invasion & Family Festival. Volunteers in Meaford, Bognor, Annan, and Leith are making it happen with plans for scarecrow displays at Station Hill, downtown Meaford, in Bognor, and in Annan and Leith beginning on September 6 and lasting until after the Thanksgiving weekend.

On August 17, event sponsors joined the ranks of the dedicated volunteers who are working hard to meet the September 6th deadline, when hundreds of scarecrows will invade Meaford, Bognor, Annan, and Leith. Three hundred scarecrow bodies have been in storage since the end of June awaiting the day when they will come alive in full scarecrow attire – straw hats, recycled clothing held together with classic scarecrow patchwork, their pant legs bursting out with raffia, and their comical faces conveying each a unique personality.

The annual parade on Sykes Street is scheduled for September 30 at 6 p.m., with pre-parade ceremonies and entertainment at the corner of Nelson and Sykes Streets at 5 p.m. Free family activities to follow at the Rotary Harbour Pavilion.

The invasion and festival are volunteer-driven community events made possible with the media sponsorship of Bayshore Broadcasting and The Meaford Independent, and financial and ‘in lieu’ sponsorship of the Municipality of Meaford, Rotary Club of Meaford, Meaford BIA, Meaford Chamber of Commerce, Murray Kerr, Royal Lepage Locations North, Grandma Lambe’s, and Co-operators.

For more information, contact Donna Earl, 519-270-9106. Parade and business competition entry forms, scarecrow quilt and apple pie contest details at

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