Celebrating Corn & Apple Festival

The Morden Corn & Apple Festival took place Aug. 24-26. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

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The 52nd Morden Corn & Apple Festival has come to an end, and organizers are pleased with the three day event.
“I thought it went very well,” festival chair Earl Lautenschlager said. “The weather was perfect. It wasn’t too hot, it wasn’t too cold, the rain managed to stay away for the majority of the festival.”
Saturday was the busiest day at the festival, and Lautenschlager said they estimate that about 50,000 people come out for the annual event.
“It’s a bit of a guesstimate because we don’t actually charge admission so we’re never really sure,” he said. “We base it on the number of cobs of corn handed out, the apple juice that’s handed out, the amount of garbage that gets produced… things like that.”
This year 40 pallets, or about 53,000 cobs of corn were either given out for free or sold raw in bags. Lautenschlager said about 40 per cent of that is given out as free cooked cobs.
The event is organized by a dedicated committee, but the backbone of operations during the festival are volunteers.
Lautenschlager said well over 1,000 are signed up with various committees, but they also welcome walk-ups.
“I met a mother, I believe she had three children with her, came out from Winnipeg specifically to volunteer,” he said.
The family helped give out apple juice and pick up litter Sunday morning.
“It was awesome. I’d never heard of that before,” he said.
Lautenschlager said the volunteers are determined to make things run well.
“They put their hearts and souls into it, no question,” he said. “They’re all very dedicated. They really are the backbone of the festival.”
Lautenschlager said volunteers and committee members help make the festival the success it is today.
“Everybody’s pulling the same way,” he said. “It’s a real team effort.”

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