Corn art sought for festival


Many activities planned

Many sponsorships and donations are coming in to help support this year’s annual Swanton Corn Festival which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19. This event would not be possible without any of the sponsors, but especially the Gold and Platinum sponsorships of Charlie’s Automotive, Scottdel, Loma Linda’s, AMRI, Swanton Welding and McNeill Chevrolet.

The festival committee is looking for any kind of craft or artwork that uses corn or has corn as its theme to be entered into the Swanton Corn Art Exhibit. All mediums will be accepted including but not limited to art glass, ceramics, fairy gardens, painting, sketches, photography, needlework, sculptures or crafty items.

Work from all ages can be entered. There is no entry fee and first, second and third place ribbons will be awarded. Currently there will be no class or age divisions. Questions should be directed to Pam Kazmierczak at pkazm@aol.com.

The parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. featuring nine area high school bands, Adrian College band, and many floats and marching units. The parade will start at the corner of Main Street and Brookside and will process down Main Street to Garfield Avenue and end at Munson Road.

The theme this year is “Rivals in the Corn, Who Ya Rootin’ For?” and will feature the Ohio State and Michigan mascots as the grand marshals. Floats do not necessarily have to be based on Ohio State/Michigan, but can play off of any cornfield or border rivals.

The day will once again begin with breakfast served at the Elks starting at 7 a.m. and the Pharaoh’s Car show will begin at 9. There will also be volleyball, basketball and corn hole tournaments. The golf outing will take place on Friday, shotgun start at 1 p.m. at Valleywood Golf Course. Contact Tom Tolford at ttolford@att.net for registration and details.

Two big changes are taking place this year. One is the addition of a festival-wide announcement system that the organizers of this event can use to keep everyone informed about the entertainment and events happening on the entertainment stages as well as broadcasting any emergency announcements that may be needed throughout the day.

The second big change is the addition of a beer tent where the former horseshoe pit was which will be open starting at noon and stay open until 8 p.m. There will be no cover charge to enter this beer tent and it is placed right next to Stage 2 so you can also enjoy the great entertainment.

Entry forms for all events can be found on the Corn Festival website, Swantoncornfest.com

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Many activities planned