CORN & APPLE FESTIVAL GOES GREEN

Over the past year, the Morden Corn & Apple Festival Board of Directors partnered with Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship, the City of Morden and Pembina Valley Containers/Penner Waste on a Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention (WRAPP) Project with the hope of diverting 50% of the organics from the waste stream during the Festival, based on average attendance of approximately 50,000 to 60,000 people.

“Morden’s 50th Annual Festival was amazingly successful!” exclaimed Board Chairman, Dale Stambuski. “We broke every record with estimated attendance of 89,700 and 60,000 cobs of corn, 3,100 liters of cider and 32,832 units of apple juice were consumed.” 749 volunteers worked 6,652 hours making the 2016 Morden Corn & Apple Festival the best ever,” said Stambuski.

“With this kind of success, comes challenges to deal with the mountains of waste produced. We have had success in the past collecting recycling and decided to tackle the organic waste this year. We received funding from the Province to purchase green carts, Pembina Valley Containers collected and sorted the waste and reported 10,494 kgs of compost; 2,391 kgs of recycling and 2,230 kgs of garbage – not 50% but an 85% reduction!! This project reduced the greenhouse gases in the local landfill by .850 tonnes.” explained Stambuski.

Penner Waste, A Compost Quality Alliance (CQA) accredited facility is now processing the compost and within 5 months, if mature enough, the material will be sent to A & L Laboratories a Canadian Council Minister of the Environment (CCME) accredited facility for testing. Following this, it is expected that we will use the compost to nourish the Festival corn crops next year, completing the cycle.

MORDEN CORN & APPLE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SUNDAY GOSPEL STAGE PERFORMERS

Lynda MacLean, Morden Corn & Apple Festival Chairperson, and Rick Wiebe of the Morden Christian Programs Committee are pleased to announce a new and interesting line up for Sunday’s Gospel Stage including Guest speaker Pastor Bruce Martin, and musical entertainment by The Freedom Singers, The Taylors, and Pembina Valley’s own Orlando and Grace Sukkau.

Bruce Martin is the lead Pastor and Chairman of the Board of Calvary Temple in Winnipeg.  He is sure to be a welcome addition to our Gospel stage.

THE FREEDOM SINGERS

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Simon Ivascu, Steven Ivascu and Wesley Pop of the Freedom Singers, fled Romania for Italy when they were only teenagers. Simon recalls, “We were singing mostly hymns together, back when we were in Italy, but we started to sing Southern Gospel Music in 2000, after we heard the Gaither’s and the Cathedrals on television. It was a sound that we instantly fell in love with.

After singing at local churches and telling their story, it was suggested to actually give the group a name the “Freedom Singers.” So in 2001, the “Freedom Singers” was officially born.  Simon goes on to say that, “We’ve been blessed beyond our imagination in so many ways. From the opportunity of sharing our music and testimony in churches big and small, to performing at the largest annual Canadian Gospel Convention in Red Deer and doing radio and TV interviews, to being a guest artist on a Christian Music cruise.”

The coming year brings even more exciting opportunities to the Freedom Singers as they are scheduled to travel across the United States and Canada.  FREEDOM SINGERS share their music and testimony in the hope that those who listen will be spiritually enriched and blessed. They give praise to God for His guidance and abundant Grace.

THE TAYLORS

The Taylors

The Taylors are a brother-sister trio from the heart of North Carolina.  Jonathan, Suzanne, and Christopher, are dedicated to stirring up the faith of the Christian community, as well as reaching others with the good news of Jesus Christ through Gospel music. The Taylors are currently performing around 200 dates a year across the United States, including several mission-oriented trips abroad. Since their formation in 2006, God has allowed them to see over 5,000 decisions for Christ.

The Taylor siblings grew up as members of Fellowship Baptist Church, a small country church, where their father has been a Southern Baptist minister for over 27 years and their mother the minister of music. With their mother’s guidance, it was around the church piano that The Taylors learned their four-part family harmony.

In 2008, The Taylors won First Place in the Talent Showcase of The National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. They are also the 2008 NC State Singing Convention Grand Champions.  Recently, they were nominated Top 10 Horizon Group of the Year for 2010, Top 5 Horizon Group of the Year for 2011 and 2012, and Favorite New Mixed Group of the Year for 2013 by Singing News Fans!  The Taylors were also nominated as a Top 10 Mixed Quartet for 2012 and 2013 along with some of the nation’s best mixed groups, including The Hoppers, The Collingsworth Family, and The Perrys.

The Taylors have had 9 radio singles to chart in the Singing News Top 80 Gospel Chart, 3 singles in the Top 40, and 2 singles in the Top 20.

ORLANDO & GRACE SUKKAU & ROSEMARY SIEMENS

Sukkaus and Siemens

Orlando and Grace Sukkau are a husband and wife duo, living in Winkler, Manitoba. Both are singers/songwriters, writing about their journey through life. They have recorded two albums in the past. Their sweet harmonies and thoughtful lyrics have been loved by many as they have travelled about.

Rosemary Siemens, is an accomplished world class violinist, formerly from Plum Coulee, Manitoba, now living in Vancouver, BC. She has performed from New York’s Carnegie Hall to the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago to Hockey Night in Canada. Rosemary was awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her significant contribution to the arts in Canada. She is currently writing music for a brand new project, her upcoming Bluegrass album, to be released this summer.

Rosemary, with Orlando and Grace, have come together to blend their music and voices, creating tight harmonies and heartfelt lyrics, sure to make you smile.

“The Morden Christian Programs Committee and their volunteers have done an excellent job in providing an interesting and diverse program for our 50th Annual Morden Corn & Apple Festival,” says MacLean, “we all look forward to what this year’s entertainers will bring to our City.”

MORDEN CORN & APPLE FESTIVAL ROUNDS OUT MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT

“Main Stage Entertainment for the 50th Annual Morden Corn & Apple Festival will be a delightful mix of old and new,” said Festival Chairperson Lynda Lambert MacLean.  “We’re bringing back the Pie-eating Contest, The Fashion Show and the Songwriters’ Showcase and even a Youth Ambassador Program in place of a Queen Pageant and adding Classic and Contemporary performers to surprise and delight.  And it’s all FREE!” she continued.

“In addition to our Headliners: the Hunter Brothers and Chad Brownlee on Friday and Past the Perimeter, Snake Oil and the Trews on Saturday we are very excited to announce the remainder of our secular Main Stage line-up”. Continue reading

ANNOUNCING 2016 MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT

The Morden Corn & Apple Festival Entertainment Committee has been hard at work putting together a fantastic headline line up for the 50th annual homecoming event.   In the past, the main stage focus has been local, then classic with performers that had won major Canadian and U.S. awards, then a mix of country and rock, and now to kick off our second half century, we want to present a balance of festival retro, local, classic rock, country and contemporary.  “It has taken time but we think we have found the perfect balance,” says Chairperson Lynda Lambert MacLean. “We are so excited!” Continue reading

Morden Corn & Apple Festival Attains Manitoba STAR CELEBRATION Status

“The profile of the Morden Corn & Apple Festival has taken another leap forward provincially and nationally”, announced President Dale Stambuski. The Morden Corn & Apple Festival, celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2016 is very excited to announce that it has received designation as a MANITOBA STAR CELEBRATION, a new program created by the Province to recognize marquee events and community celebrations known for providing immersive and authentic experiences that are reflective of our roots. Continue reading

Morden Corn & Apple Festival Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebrations

The 50th Annual Morden Corn & Apple Festival Homecoming will be held on August 26, 27 & 28th this year and, as Chairperson Lynda MacLean says, “The Board of Directors and Committee plan to celebrate all year!”

MacLean explained, “Fundraising has kicked off with the sale of pave silver Pandora Apple Charms with fancy red cubic zirconia and light green crystal.” They are available at the Festival Office or from Chairperson Lynda MacLean for $100 (taxes included) and MacLean added, “They are perfect for Birthday, Anniversary, Valentine or anytime gifts.”

“A Fundraising Social is being planned for Saturday, February 27th at the Access Event Centre. Activities will feature local entertainment including Uncle Jake’s Country Band, early bird door prize, apple pie eating contest, raffles and dancing the night away. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and opening ceremonies will be held at 8:30 p.m.” said MacLean.

“We are working on collecting stories and anecdotes about Festivals from 1967 to present for a Festival History Book. If you have a memory or story or some photos to share, please contact the Festival office and attend an information meeting at 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18 at the workSpace 379 meeting room. The more the merrier,” added MacLean.

Sponsorship pays Festival expenses and is the mainstay of annual Fundraising and we will be kicking off the 2016 Campaign in March. Local businesses and organizations have generously supported the Festival over years and we look forward to great success again this year.

Soon after this, the sale of Lottery tickets will begin. With the help of St. John’s Parish members, the Festival sells 300 tickets at $100 each. This project provides for the capital needs of the Festival such as the backstage and portable washroom trailers, stage, canopy, booths, seating, waste carts and much more.

“Also, in the works, is a local Variety Show at the Kenmor Theatre later in the spring. One idea is to create and perform short skits based on the stories shared in the Festival History Book. We have a wealth of outstanding local entertainment that we want to highlight as well,” said MacLean.

Innovative and exciting ideas are coming forward for the Festival itself. A new committee is working on a Youth Ambassador Program which will be open to local men and women aged 17 to 21 years. The program will focus on building skills in Volunteerism, Event Planning, Public Speaking and Education. Educational Scholarships and a trip abroad to volunteer will be awarded to the successful candidates.

“We will be introducing several new events, attractions and activities to celebrate our 50th Annual Morden Corn & Apple Festival and we will need many volunteers to help pull it off.  It is said that many hands make light work– the more volunteers we have, the more fun we have and the shorter the work commitment for all.  We invite you to join in the fun through openings on the organizing Committee or as a helper during the Festival.  Help us to entertain our guests and make the most of their experience here in Morden” says MacLean.

For more information on these and other Festival-related activities, please contact the Festival Office at 204-823-2676, email info@cornandapple.com or stop in at 200 – 379 Stephen Street.

2015 Parade Winners

2015 Parade Winners
Antique-#102 Ed Fehr
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