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Come for the corn, stay for the fun

Tuesday, 22 August 2017. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Come for the corn, stay for the fun
Come for the corn, stay for the fun

After experimenting with a September date last year, organizers of Lundbreck’s annual Corn Fest are bringing the community event back this weekend.

Hosted by the Lundbreck Citizens Council, Corn Fest is an opportunity for area families to come together for a day of activities and, of course, free Taber corn.

Corn Fest kicks off Saturday with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the community hall. The MD of Pincher Creek is providing the food, and councillors and staff will be at the grill..

The parade follows at 11. It starts at Patton Park, goes down Railway Street, then south on Breckenridge Avenue, down the old highway and back down Wood Avenue to complete a loop back to the park.

This year’s parade theme is Canada 150. Preregistration is not required. If you wish to have your entry included in the judging, please be at the parking area by 10.

Kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes and join in the parade. They will all receive coupons for a free drink courtesy of O’Bies.

Activities continue at Patton Park after the parade until 4 p.m.

Free corn on the cob is available from the concession, along with hamburgers, hotdogs and cold drinks.

Car enthusiasts are encouraged to show off their wheels in the parade, then park their rides for a show and shine. The mini show will not be judged and is an opportunity for people to share their passion for cars, trucks and motorcycles.

If cooking is more your thing, you’re invited to dust off Grandma’s famous chili recipe, cook up a pot of goodness and take it to Patton Park for the first Lundbreck Corn Fest Chili Cook Off.

There is no cost to enter and some great prizes are up for grabs. Registration isn’t required — just bring a pot full of chili to the concession area by noon.

For just $2, festivalgoers can sample all the chili entries.

Other afternoon activities include a variety of children’s games, skateboard demos and hopefully a bouncy castle. Fun for the whole family is in store.

Although there’s not a ball tournament this year, the diamonds and equipment are available for anyone wishing to take to the field.

There are no beer gardens, but citizens council president Kimberly Hurst says both the Lundbreck Hotel and Oldman River Brewing will be open.

A beef-on-a-bun potluck supper will be held at the community hall from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 each and are available at O’Bies. Those attending are asked to bring a large salad or dessert, or something to accompany the barbecued beef and buns provided by the citizens council.

The Secret Life of Pets will be shown after the supper with an added bonus of free popcorn.

The event is family-friendly and everyone is welcome to enjoy what the small town of Lundbreck has to offer.

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From the August 23, 2017 print edition of Shootin’ the Breeze.
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