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Centre to host third annual Corn Fest

The New Richmond Area Centre is gearing up for its third annual Corn Fest, which will be held at Glover Park Saturday, Aug. 24.

A family-friendly, carnival-style event that encourages physical activity, Corn Fest has already experienced two successful years, drawing over 1,200 people in 2012.

Community members are invited to register for three outdoor, fitness-based activities: a 5K race, a 1-mile youth run and a 7-mile family bike ride. While the race and youth run cost $10 and $5, respectively, the family bike ride is free. All three events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Attendees shouldn't worry about working up an appetite, because The Centre has it under control. It ordered two tons of corn from Lakeside Foods, and the thousands of ears will be shucked by volunteers, cooked by Ready Randy's and shuttled down to Glover Park to silence rumbling stomachs.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Corn Festers can also enjoy free live music, giant inflatables, a dunk tank, face-painting and entertainment from Pickles the Clown. Root beer, popcorn, cotton candy and other concessions will also be available for purchase.

However, instead of receiving candy as carnival prizes, kids will win school supplies like colored pencils, glue and erasers, which will be given out by more than 100 volunteers. According to Blattner, The Centre had to find people to run games, work concessions, serve food, and much more.

To register for the 5K, youth run or family bike ride, call The Centre at 715-246-2252.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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