Meaford is the place to be on southern Georgian Bay particularly during the annual Big Fall Weekend in September and October, if not year round, as evidenced on March 1st when 25 service clubs and organizations gathered at the Meaford Fire Hall to exchange details of their plans for special events in the coming year.
Meaford is a strong and vibrant community, according to Councillor Shirley Keaveney who addressed the gathering, saying the immensity of volunteerism is what holds the community together. “Many of you belong to multiple clubs and committees and are well aware of the sharing and support of one to the other that helps to keep our community groups strong and successful,” she said.
The annual Community Events Planners meeting was hosted again this year by the Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival Committee and pulled together clubs and organizations from across the municipality.
The special events that these clubs and organizations host are either free or affordable and benefit residents and the local economy alike. “You provide entertainment that is directed at young and old alike and you focus on the ability for families to attend because everything is free or affordable,” Keaveney said. “It`s the pride created by successful endeavours such as the ones you are all involved in that gives people reasons to love their community.
Meaford Hall, walk our amazing harbour, explore our shops and dine in our restaurants, they hike our trails and visit our museum. They rent bikes, they learn about Beautiful Joe, they sample Coffin Ridge wines and inevitably they return, even if it`s just do it all over again next year.”
The Big Fall Weekend begins Labour Day weekend with the Meaford International Film Festival and continues throughout September and October, culminating with the Dragons’ Den.
The Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year (parade and festival on Sept. 30th) and the Apple Harvest Craft Show its 34th on October 1st and 2nd.
Watch for the 2016 Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival brochure for a complete listing of events and further details in local media and the Municipality of Meaford publications and on their websites.
For information, contact Head Scarecrow Marilyn Morris at 519-538-4568 or
Promotions Chair Helen Solmes at 519-372-7514 or visit scarecrowinvasion.ca
Article and photo by Helen Solmes