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.