Tecumseh's Corn Fest Officially Kicks Off


As summer comes to a close, a yearly tradition continues in Tecumseh.

The 44th annual Corn Festival kicks off Friday at Lacasse Park.

Tecumseh's deputy mayor Joe Bachetti says there are some new additions and minor changes this year, but residents can expect the same good time they've become accustomed to.

"We're doing things that are different to try to reach out to people to try to bring them out and engage community," says Bachetti. "That's what we want to do, getting people interacting socially, put the phones down, let's go out, let's do a walkabout of the grounds. We've got great weather coming this weekend. So we're hoping to see a lot of people come out."

Bachetti tells AM800 News there's a couple of things he looks forward to each year.

"Two things, the parade and the corn. Attending the Cord Fest parade, just seeing everybody excited. I'm an educator, a principal during the day, and you get to see a lot of the students wave to you and say hello and that's the fun part of seeing people come back at the end of the summer."

He says the town wants to hear from residents about what they'd like to see at the festival.

"In the next year or so you're going to see a little bit more changes and tweaks on how we can promote it. Give feedback to the Parks Department on what you'd like to see so that if there is something that they want to be able to bring back, give feedback because we listen to that and we want to make it a great, family, fun event."

About 18 tonnes of corn is expected to be sold at this year's event which usually draws between 15,000 and 20,000 people

This year's Corn Festival will wrap up on August 25.