Community Events have always been of prime importance to the Morden and District Chamber of Commerce and it was the Chamber who first saw the potential in the idea for a community Festival when it was suggested by the Retail Merchants in 1965. A committee was set to guage interest and it was decided that the new event would be launched as part of Canada’s Centennial Celebrations in 1967.
The first festival was held over two days on two blocks along Stephen Street. Merchants encouraged their staff to dress in centennial costumes and there was a parade featuring local organizations. The Miss Corn & Apple pageant was held in the parking lot of the Town and R.M. of Stanley offices at the corner of Nelson and Stephen Streets and about 200 cobs of corn were given away along with apple cider.
In 1983 the Chamber hired a summer student to help administer the festival and has, with the help of annual employment grants was able to provide an incredible work experience to many young Mordenites ever since.
In 2010 the Morden Corn & Apple Festival has entered a new era by taking responsibility for its own administration. The Board of Directors contracted with former Chamber of Commerce Manager Cheryl Link to administer the Festival Board of Directors capital programs as well as the Festival Committee operations.
The Festival conducted an Economic Impact Assessment to determine the actual value of the Festival to the community and the surrounding area and in the future they intend to work on strategies to improve traffic flow, parking, crowd movement, etc (Click the link to view the report). This is just the start of many new ideas and opportunities of which they are now better placed to take advantage.
In 2012 we settled in our permanent office at 200 – 379 Stephen St, on the corner of Stephen St and Nelson. If you’re looking for us during the Morden Corn & Apple Festival we are right beside our Free Corn area.