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Corn Festivals are “popping” up

One of the highlights to Shippensburg's annual corn festival is a corn eating contest!
One of the highlights to Shippensburg's annual corn festival is a corn eating contest!
Shippensburg CornFest

Things are about to get “corny” around here as more and more corn festivals are “popping” up in the surrounding community during the coming weeks. So, if you’re looking for a wholesome, good family-friendly corn roast, stay tuned to all the goings on at local farms across the region.

Today, July 27, marks the 11th Annual Old-Fashioned CornFest at the Historic Round Barn, in Gettysburg. Starting early, at 11:30 a.m. you can enjoy fabulous fun, exciting entertainment, and family fun folly for everyone to enjoy. In addition to the good olde-thyme summer tradition of corn roasted in husks over an apple-wood fire, you can fill up on BBQ chicken, pulled pork and even craft beer samples. There will also be peach sundaes and slushies in addition to many other offerings. The Back Creek Valley Boys will be performing live, on site during the event, providing traditional bluegrass with their own unique progressive beats. Throughout the day, there will also be games and other free activities for children, fundraising activities and jewelry sales.

The Historic Round Barn is located at 298 Cashtown Road. For more information, call 717-334-1984 or visit www.roundbarngettysburg.com.

If you’re still feeling corny the next weekend, then you might consider heading south towards Westminster, Maryland and making your way over to Union Mills. On Saturday, August 2, Union Mills Homestead is holding its 44th Annual Corn Roast Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring the whole family down for all-you-can-eat corn, roasted in a husk and served at your table. Adults pay $12, children 6 to 12 are $6 and children under 6 are free. The cost of the meal ticket also includes fried chicken, applesauce, slices tomatoes, rolls and butter and your choice of iced tea or lemonade. During the festival, the Standard Delivery Jazz Combo will perform live, onsite as guests enjoy their meal as well as explorations about the homestead including the mills, gift shop and vendors who will set up onsite.

Union Mills Homestead is located at 14 miles south of Gettysburg, along Route 97. For more information, call 410-848-2288 or visit www.unionmills.org.

As corn is a symbol of late summertime, and a very early prelude to autumn harvesting season, you can expect many corn festivals to carry over into the September and October months as well. But before that happens, Shippensburg presents a three-decade long tradition of holding its annual Corn Fest the last Saturday in August every year. So, keep the tradition alive and going strong by taking part of the 34th Annual Shippensburg Corn Festival. The festival will start early, at 8 a.m. and last through the day until 4 p.m. The downtown main streets will be closed between King and Earl Streets as the festival will comprise these areas and those surrounding. Delicious food (including those comprised of corn in every available form), wonderful live entertainment and plenty of vendors (including over 300 craft and antique dealers) will take to the grounds during the event. There will be plenty of activities for children and adults alike. Some highlights include an antique car show, strolling entertainment and even a live corn eating contest! All events are free and open to the public. For more information on the Shippensburg Corn Festival, go to www.shippensburgcornfestival.net.

Be sure to stay posted on all the other corny events that may be popping up in the coming weeks.