Are you ready? Friday, October 4, if you’re in Meaford, chances are you’ll see a parade like no other. Starting at 6 p.m., scarecrows take to the village main street and wind their way down to the harbour. A Family Festival follows at the Rotary Harbour Pavilion with live music, the announcement of the Apple Pie Contest winners and an array of vendors selling arts and crafts, baked goods and produce. The festivities kick off Meaford’s 23rd Annual Scarecrow Invasion. If you visit the town over the next couple of weeks, you’ll see scarecrows lounging on verandahs and dangling from lampposts, reading! This year’s invasion is dedicated to books.