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Corn-fed family fun

Volunteers Ann and Bill O’Rourke keep busy handing out sweet corn at last year’s Corn Fest. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)

For the fourth year in a row, the New Richmond Area Centre will host Corn Fest at Glover Park from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and Centre Executive Director Darian Blattner expects the event to draw at least as many people if not more than it did last year.

“Any time you offer food and entertainment for families you’ll get people coming to your event,” Blattner said. “The event is essentially free and there is corn as well, so that draws a lot of people too. It is just a nice familyoriented afternoon with activities that you just can’t have in your own backyard, which makes it more of an experience for the people who show up.”

The event features live music, corn on the cob, Pickles the Clown and the second annual Mascot Challenge. Children will get the chance to jump around on giant inflatables, get their faces painted and have lots of corny fun. Tickets will be available to purchase concessions and to participate in certain activities.

“We have heard from a lot of families that they like the fact that we are keeping the event family focused and that we have a lot of things for everyone to take part in,” Blattner said. “There are a lot of kids who show up for the event and that is really nice to see. Over the years we’ve been putting on the event, we’ve added more activities and kept the ones that people have liked the most.”

Prior to the Centre starting up Corn Fest, the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an event called Corn on the Corner for two years, but the event was geared more toward adults than the Corn Fest’s familyoriented fun. “The event was based on the same concept as Corn Fest, which was to have a get together that involved corn, but Corn on the Corner was much more of an adult event than Corn Fest,” Blattner said. “After a few years of putting on that event, the Centre and the Chamber started to discuss putting on a larger event driven by a family fun concept. So we put that together and here we are with Corn Fest, which has been very popular with families and the community.”

The Corn Fest starts off with a 5K and a One Mile Youth Run at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Run registration is $20 and $10, respectively, and includes a T-shirt.

“The idea to combine Corn Fest with a fun run came from the fact that we wanted to provide the community with a variety of opportunities to come out and enjoy themselves,” Blattner said. “It gives people the opportunity to do the run then flow right into Corn Fest and have even more fun.”

All the proceeds from the event will benefit the Helping Hands Campaign.

For more information on the event, contact the Centre at 715-246-2252, or visit

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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