The Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival happens every autumn from mid-September to mid-October. Meaford is invaded by scarecrows hanging from lamp posts, posing in windows and gathering at strategic areas such as Station Hill, the entrance to town and outside Meaford Hall. The Scarecrows are built by volunteers through the spring and summer at workshops.The Festival begins with the parade including the famous Scarecrow Kazoo Band. The crowd follows the parade to the family festival at the harbour with children’s activities, entertainment and presenting of the awards for the competition winners. Volunteers are active on all committees: parade, decorating, business competition, Kazoo band, family festival, promotions and grants as well as the executive.