Meaford Scarecrow Invasion 2019 – Scarecrows’ Book Invasion
Meaford’s award-winning scarecrows will return again this year for the 23rd annual Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival.
The invasion’s new event chair Donna Earl and her executive finalized the details of this year’s theme during their first executive meeting of the 2019 year on February 5th. Three hundred scarecrows will display their passion for books during the Scarecrows’ Book Invasion beginning early September.
“Choosing a theme is one of the exciting first steps for the executive and volunteers. It’s an important first step in creating the year’s line-up of scarecrows and vignettes,” she says. “The next step will be for the decorating committee to build on the idea that scarecrows love to read, as much as they love movies (2014), sports (2015), music (2016), Canadiana (2017), and all things western (2018).”
The date and time for this year’s parade is Friday, October 4, starting at 6 p.m. on Sykes Street followed by a family festival at the Rotary Harbour Pavilion… free activities for the whole family, apple pie contest awards and auction, entertainment, and more.
The “Invasion of Scarecrows” begins in mid September through to mid October. More than 250 scarecrows will be found in the downtown area alone – dangling from downtown lamp posts, hiding in bushes and trees, lounging happily on benches, peeking out from behind cornstalks and resting comfortably on porches and verandas. They frolic everywhere! The main street (Sykes St.), and harbour area, are particularly alive with scarecrows during this time. This year’s decorating theme is “Scarecrows’ Book Invasion”.
Friday, October 4, 2019
Come early and check out our Business Competition Winners (though we see all participants as winners!). See the displays in store windows and at Agribusinesses all around Meaford. They are different every year.
6:00 PM – Scarecrow Parade
Be on the main street as this popular parade winds its way down Sykes St., past The Big Apple, to our beautiful harbour. This parade has SO many scarecrows in SO many costumes doing SO many things. It is like no other.
6:30 PM – Family Festival
Families love this ever popular event. There are activities and surprises and fun for all ages. And it’s FREE! Come see for yourself. Refreshments are available for purchase by local service clubs to support community projects. Apple Pie winners including the Junior Apple Pie Contest winners will be announced and the winning apple pies will be auctioned. Local entertainers will provide great music.
Don’t forget to visit the Meaford Farmer’s Market that evening at the Family Festival with more than a dozen local vendors selling high quality produce and meat, as well as arts and crafts and scrumptious baked goods.