Meaford's Scarecrow Invasion on hold again for 2021

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The scarecows won’t be invading Meaford again this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The executive of the Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival announced the event’s cancellation last week, the second year in a row it has not been held due to the pandemic.

“The event is volunteer-run,” event chair Donna Earl said in a news release. “Under normal circumstances, we would be gathering now, in early May, to start the long, intensive process of building scarecrows. However there is no way our volunteers can safely gather at the moment and the future is uncertain.”

Organizers are planning to have the event back in 2022 and all volunteers are asked to stay tuned for when they can celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary.

“Surely by this time next year life will be back to normal,” Earl said. “And we will be able to use our pent up energy to create the best, most exciting scarecrows ever in the history of the invasion.”

Earl said volunteers are key to the invasion’s success and year after year they have come together in the summer to help build and display about 300 scarecrows in downtown Meaford and Bognor. Residents also build their own scarecrows that decorate front lawns, homes and the end of driveways throughout the municipality.

Started in 1996 and last held in 2019, the event features a parade and family festival in the fall that includes contests, awards, entertainment and more.

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