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Corn served up at annual Chamber event

Mayor Fred Horne (center) and Heather McAbee were among the volunteers serving up free corn and rootbeer.1 / 3
Kids enjoyed a bounce house as well.2 / 3
Family Fresh Market manager Scot Destasio drops in some corn to boil.3 / 3

More than 1,500 free cobs of corn and gallons of free rootbeer were served as part of the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce's Corn on the Corner event Saturday, Aug. 28, in Glover Park.

The New Richmond Area Centre was at the park with their castle jumper and other games.

The St. Croix County Mental Health Consumer Taskforce was also on hand informing visitors about The Castle, a mental health self-help resource and support center, as well as taking donations for it. The Castle will be located in the Century 21 building on Knowles Avenue.

Corn on the Corner started up recently in 2008, but its history dates back to the 1950s and 1960s, when New Richmond celebrated the Corn Festival.

The first year was in 1956, and included corn eating contests, a parade and queen coronation. When organizers decided they wanted a carnival, the group had to choose between moving the event to July and having a carnival or keeping it in August and keeping the corn. The decision was made to move the festival to July and it was renamed Fun Fest.