Meaford’s award-winning Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary with fanfare, fun, and thousands of happy faces that lined the streets of the southern Georgian Bay town in the heart of Ontario’s apple growing country on Sept. 30th amidst two hundred or more scarecrows that are testimony to the community spirit that shines on Meaford year-round. The birthday celebrations started on Sept. 6th when the 20th anniversary line-up of scarecrows invaded the town and carried on throughout September with a birthday bash on the 17th in
honour of George Potopnyk and all of the volunteers and sponsors dating back over the 20 years, a feature pre-parade show with the OPP Golden Helmets Motorcycle Precision Team on Sept. 30th, followed by the best-ever parade and a family festival that kept a crowd of visitors partying well into the night at the Meaford harbour.
Scarecrows, like apple pie, are a Meaford tradition. The whole community embraces the invasion and family festival. Our sponsors and local businesses are proud participants.
The Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival is pleased to share the results of the 20th anniversary business and apple pie competitions as follows:
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 & Effort, Use of Natural Products
Note: Awards will be presented to winners during the Meaford Chamber of Commerce After 5 on October 20th.
Apple Pie Competition
Traditional (sponsored by Grandma Lambe’s)
1st Shirley Shortt
2nd Caley McInnis
3rd Gail Murray
Youth (sponsored by Bill’s val-mart)
1st Mrs. Roy’s St. Vincent Euphrasia Gr. 3s
2nd Heidi Murray
3rd Sadie Best
Novelty Drew Acres
L-R Heidi Murray, Sadie Betts, Drew Acres, St. Vincent School staff Mrs. Roy
L-R Rep from Grandma Lamb’s, MC Linda VanAalst (Rogers TV),Shirley Shortt, Calli McGuinness , Gail Murray
Story and photographs by Helen Solmes.