The Morden Corn & Apple Festival Amateur/Youth Stage was reawakened in 2013 and despite many challenges has continued to grow and improve. Canadian Heritage: Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage has provided funding for this attraction since the beginning, Church and Youth groups have helped to organize activities and business sponsors have provided sound, lights, backline, snacks and sodas, video game equipment and monitors and much more.
Local bands, musicians and DJ’s perform live on a Corn & Apple Festival stage with professional sound and backline and gamers have compete in various video games. Social media (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) and posters before and during the event are utilized to get the word out and build an audience. The weather often plays a role in the results but despite mid-30’s degree C temperatures or wicked thunderstorms, the show goes on.
Plans for 2017, 51st Annual Festival (August 25 to 27) are well underway. The venue for the Youth Stage has moved from the tents on the east end of the Festival site to the iconic Kenmor Theatre on 7th Street, right in the middle of the Festival. Richard and Vanessa Klassen of Candlewick Productions and DanceWorks and their volunteers are organizing a fantastic lineup for the weekend!
The 2017 schedule is underway has yet to be announced but stay tuned for it’s reveal in early Summer.