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Best-ever parade, festival kept visitors partying well into the night

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.

Helen's Scarecrow


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:

 Business Competition


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

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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.

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