North Ridgeville will be popping during 43rd Annual Corn Festival

By KAREN CODY

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Excitement is building in North Ridgeville and nearby communities for the annual Corn Festival, held on Bainbridge Road this Friday through Sunday. This will be the 43rd year of celebrating the area’s crop harvest and will offer something for everyone to enjoy.

“We have a record number of vendors and there will be some surprises in what they will be offering,” festival president John Butkowski said. “Our fingers are crossed for great weather and are ready to celebrate with entertainment options for all ages.”

Hot, buttery corn on the cob will be available, along with numerous other vendor offerings.These will include funnel cakes, popcorn, corn dogs, barbeque ribs and pulled pork, pizza, chicken, cotton candy and ice cream. The organizers have also brought back the beer garden/wine area for adults to enjoy.

The midway will be open all three days, starting Friday at 6 p.m. Wristbands will be available for purchase for a “ride all day” option. Great Lakes Expositions has been providing these rides to Corn Festival guests for the last 10 years.

The Golden Kernel award will be presented at the opening ceremony at 7:15 p.m. Friday. This tradition, started in 1991, recognizes North Ridgeville residents who have been involved in their community and made it a better place to live. All nominations are taken from residents and reviewed by the Corn Festival Committee.

Entertainment includes live music, a car show, fishing derby, corn-eating contest, Kids Corner activities, horseshoe tournament and fireworks. Live performers include a Wings/Beatles tribute band, The McCartney Project, and Chris Higbee, a country performer, who will be back by popular request.  There will also be a bloodmobile on site all three days for those who wish to donate, as helping others is a common thread within this festival. The MetroHealth Life Flight crew will visit at 3 p.m. Saturday.

So far more 60 units have registered to ride and march down Center Ridge Road in the Grande Parade on Sunday. Prizes will be awarded for best entries in multiple categories. Parade favorites, such as the North Ridgeville High School marching band, antique cars, emergency vehicles with lights and sirens, VFW members and animal units, are slated to participate.

“I am noticing that people who started attending as youngsters are now bringing their children and grandchildren to the event,” said Butkowski. “It continues to grow each year and families take part as an annual tradition. We have free admission, free parking and free entertainment and we donate a portion of the profits to various civic organizations and scholarships for students.”

In the past the North Ridgeville Corn Festival has supported organizations such as Community Care, Auxiliary Police Department, Fire Department, Olde Towne Hall Players, various school booster clubs and have provided scholarships to high school seniors.

For more information, or to volunteer, visit http://www.nrcornfest.org/.

Corn Festival Schedule:

Friday, Aug. 11

5-9 p.m.     Bloodmobile sponsored by Lifeshare

6 p.m.        Grounds open, Rides $18 all day wristbands

6-8 p.m.     Poppies Kids CORNer sponsored by the Goddard School “Mega Math-letes” games and “Pre-Casso” young artist Picasso exploring art

6-8 p.m.     Pop Schultz Drive – Keith the Magic Man

7 p.m.        Opening Ceremonies

7:15 p.m.    Golden Kernel Award

8:30-10:30 p.m.     Free Entertainment by: The McCartney Project – Tribute to Paul McCartney, Wings & The Beatles

10:30 p.m.   Fireworks sponsored by Great Lakes Expositions

11 p.m.        Grounds Close

Saturday, Aug. 12

8-11:30 a.m.     Fishing with Corn Derby (15 yrs. of age and younger), sponsored by the N.R. Fishing Club**, South Central Park

9 a.m.-Noon     Car Show Registration

11 a.m.     Grounds Open Rides $20 all day wristbands

9 am-3 p.m.     Car Show

11 a.m.-4 p.m.     Pre-Register for Corn Eating Contest at Souvenir Booth

12-2 p.m.     Car Show, Vote for your Favorite Entry

12 Noon     Horseshoe Tournament** South Central Park

2-4 p.m.     Poppie’s Kids CORNer, sponsored by the Goddard School, “Singing, Dancing, Moving and Grooving” – Songs with different movements and “Letter Exploration” – Introduces letter knowledge

2-4 p.m.     Pop Schultz Drive – Keith the Magic Man

2-6 p.m.     Bloodmobile by Lifeshare

4-6 p.m.     Poppie’s Kids CORNer – Keith the Magic Man

4:30 p.m.     Corn Eating Contest at Poppie’s Kids CORNer, sponsored by Lauren Wanosky Family Dentistry

8:30-10:30 p.m.     Free Entertainment by: Chris Higbee and his Country Rock band

11 p.m.   Grounds Close

Sunday, Aug. 13

12 p.m.     Grounds Open – Rides $18 all day wristband

1-5 p.m.    Bloodmobile by Lifeshare

1:30 p.m.     Grand Parade down Center Ridge Rd.

4-6 p.m.     Poppie’s Kids CORNer – Sponsored by the Goddard School “Outdoor Yoga” – different Yoga movements in the grass & “Scientist Fun” – children will get to watch and try some fun experiments

4 p.m.     Introduction of Visiting Queens at the Gazebo

4:30 p.m.     Parade Trophies at the Gazebo

6 p.m.     Grounds Close

**For informational purposes only, not a N.R. Corn Festival Committee, Inc. sponsored event.

 


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