Letter to the editor submitted to The Meaford Independent and published in the April 5, 2018, issue.
Your readers will recall that the 2017 Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival volunteers created a series of vignettes portraying Canada’s traditions, inventions, and personalities. Much to our delight, one of the great Canadian personalities portrayed has personally thanked the volunteers for including him among celebrated Canadians.
Canada’s Man in Motion, Paraplegic athlete Rick Hansen, has personally thanked the Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival volunteers for including him among the great Canadians portrayed during the invasion’s 150th celebrations in 2017, saying:
“Congratulations on the success of the 2017 Meaford Scarecrow
Invasion and a big thank you to the decorating committee
members who worked on my scarecrow. I’m honoured you
decided to include me along with the other celebrated Canadians
that were featured, including my dear friend, Terry Fox.”
Sincerely, Rick Hansen, Founder & CEO Rick Hansen Foundation
The invasion’s executive is proud of its volunteers.They are a dedicated and hard-working group with boundless creativity that never fails to capture the hearts of thousands of visitors to Meaford each fall. Like Mr. Hansen, we would like to say a big thank you to the decorating committee members, in particular to Betty Merrifield who designed and created among others the Rick Hansen and Terry Fox scarecrows.
on behalf of Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival Executive