Rumour has it that Mary Poppins is due to arrive in Bognor the first week of September. There’s no telling where you might find her. Chances are she will be hovering over the ball diamond or among her scarecrow consorts, the likes of Harry Potter and Hogwart legendary witches and wizards; the Paper Bag Princess and her nemesis, the dragon; Peter Pan; Dr. Seuss’s Thing 2; Bo-Beep; and other popular children’s book characters – 36 scarecrows in all.
A core group of seven Bognor women known as the ‘Bognor Babes’ have taken up the challenge set down by Bognor resident Marie Thompson and have built and dressed 36 scarecrows in keeping with the Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival 2019 theme: Scarecrows’ Book Invasion. Like their creative counterparts in Meaford, the Bognor Babes latched onto the theme early in the season, tossed it back and forth, and formulated a plan. They settled on a list of 36 children’s fairy tale and book characters. Somewhere along the line, they were gifted costumes from a Guelph children’s theatre production following the theatre troupes performance of Paper Bag Princess at the Owen Sound Roxy Theatre. They dug deep into their treasurer chests and set to altering bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses, discarded clothing, and sundry props. The end result ….well, that will be for all to see starting the first week of September through to the Thanksgiving weekend.
“We want area residents and visitors to come and experience Bognor,” says Marie Thompson. “What is there not to like about Bognor. Ours is a beautiful and friendly community set in the rolling hills of Meaford Municipality.”
Driving directions to Bognor: From Hwy 26 at Woodford, follow GR 18 south and west for 6.8 km and then south on GR 29 for 2.2 kms. From Hwy 6 at Rockford, drive east on GR 18 for 13.6 kms and then south on GR 29 for 2.2 kms.