Patches, the Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival iconic Best-of-the-Best Award, has taken up residence at Tim Horton’s, among the business’s Minions. Patches is awarded each year to the overall winner of the business scarecrow display competition.
Tim Horton’s Minions won first-place in the interior display category and the competition’s overall top honors.
Scarecrows first invaded the downtown 19 years ago when V&S owner George Potopnyk invited fellow businesses to build and display scarecrows outside of their premises during the Apple Harvest Craft Show. The scarecrow idea morphed into a very popular annual invasion and festival that, combined with the craft show, draws thousands of visitors to Meaford each year. Local businesses recognized from day one the impact that the annual events have on the community and have supported them wholeheartedly.
The impact on the community is very positive, according to businesswoman Shirley Keaveney.
“The significance to the business sector can’t be overstated,” she said. “It’s huge.”
Business Competition chair Mary Solomon turned over Patches to Cheryl Fewster and Donna Connor during an awards presentation on Oct 6th. Patches will be on display at Tim Horton’s for the coming year until next year’s overall winner is announced.
Winners of the Business Competition are:
Interior display-Tim Horton’s
Outdoor display- Scotiabank. Honorable mention: Christ Church
Window display – Dean Carpet and Floor. Honorable Mention: Simply Unique
Best of the Best and Indoor Display : Tim Horton’s (HS) Outdoor Display: Scotiabank (HS)
Window Winner: Dean Carpet and Floor (MS) Honorable Mention: Simply Unique(MS)
Outdoor Display Honorable Mention: Christ Church(HS)
Story by Helen Solmes
Pictures: Helen Solmes and Mary Solomn