The Town of Cornwall will host its annual Cornfest Oct. 2–6 with events and activities for all ages.
CORNWALL – The Cornwall Cornfest will take place this year from Wednesday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 6. That will likely be evident if you drive through the town of Cornwall this week.
Pumpkins, scarecrows, and other harvest decorations will be displayed in full force during Cornfest, as residents and business owners get into the spirit of things.
Organizers are promising that favourite events are on the agenda in addition to a couple of exciting new activities.
One of the new events in the busy Cornfest schedule is a Pumpkin Run for children 14 and under. Taking place on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. (following a pancake breakfast sponsored by the North River Fire Department), children are invited to dress in orange and black and participate in a fun run at the Terry Fox Centre. There will be a warm-up led by a Zumba fitness instructor and two starting times: one for children under seven and one for those between 8–14 years old. Light refreshments will be served after the run, and there will be pumpkin carving stations set up by the track.
Another new event is a farmers’ market, which will take place on Saturday from 12 to 3 p.m., at the Cornwall Civic Centre. Sample offerings from international food vendors, and start your holiday shopping while supporting artisans, crafters, and local businesses. Entrance to the market is free.
What would Cornfest be without corn? This seasonal local treat will be the star of the show on Friday afternoon, Oct. 4. Events taking place at the Civic Centre include a corn shucking competition, where last year’s winner, Gail Coffin, will defend her championship, a corn eating competition, and a corn boil for everyone in attendance, sponsored by the Lions Club. Children will enjoy the Corny Games with onsite inflatable structures, face painting, and various carnival games.
Tracey MacLean, Cornfest event co-ordinator, promises that this year’s Cornfest will be the best yet.
“There is a renewed energy in the Town of Cornwall these days with many young families moving into the area looking to come together as a community and share in town events,” states MacLean.
“We’ve added new events to this year’s Cornfest and kept the activities that have been successful in the past to appeal to a wide range of interests. At the risk of sounding ‘corny,’ there really should be something for everyone.”
Cornfest started up again last year, after a five-year hiatus, and the newly formed Town of Cornwall Events Committee is thrilled to be hosting the festival once again. The four-day festival includes other events such as a horseshoe tournament, an adult dance, a youth dance for children in grades 3 to 6, a Fire Week demonstration by the North River Fire Department, a softball tournament, a seniors’ lunch, a family skate, and more. All details can be found on the Town’s new Facebook Page (facebook.com/TownCornwall), on the Town’s website (cornwallpe.ca), or by phoning the Recreation Department at 628-6260, ext. 228.