Year after year, people flock to Morden to celebrate a tradition of good food, entertainment and a relaxing atmosphere at the Corn and Apple Festival.
Volunteers work tirelessly to provide free entertainment that caters to all age groups on stage, under tents and on the street.
Here are just a few of the entertainment highlights and special events taking place throughout the three day festival this weekend:
- The Pembina Hills Art Gallery & Gift Shop will feature the July-August members summer show each day. Just look for the historic clock tower at 8th & Stephen St.
- For a free tour of Morden, make sure to stop by the Church of God parking lot at 141 6th St. each afternoon.
- If you're looking for a game of bingo, try the Knights of Columbus and Lion's Club outdoor bingo in Confederation Park.
- If your feet are itching to get moving, try the Morden Redskins dance at the Morden Community Centre Friday and Saturday.
- Everyone loves a parade, especially the Corn and Apple Festival parade - one of the largest in Manitoba. It starts at 10 a.m Saturday and winds its way through downtown Morden, so grab a lawn chair and find a spot! Keep your eyes peeled for the Youth for Christ volunteers who will be coming around taking coffee and donut orders until the parade starts at 10 am.
- There's the Stanley Ag. Society truck and tractorpull Saturday then mud racing Sunday south on Mountain St. behind Huron Windows.
- If you prefer your cars shined and polished, make sure to find the 25th Annual Border Hills Car Club Show & Shine in the Morden Park Bowl from 1 p.m to 4 p.m Sunday.
- And everyone's favourite - the Wonder Shows midway - will provide thrills and chills and games of chance to test your luck all weekend.
- Start the day off with the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides pancake breakfast at Confederation Park.
- Take a Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre dig tour from from their booth at the S.E. corner of Eighth and Stephen St.
- Then uncover the work of some of the region's talented artists at the Pembina Hills Regional Art Gallery annual art and craft show and the Corn & Apple Festival arts & crafts sale tents.
- The Art Walk again is running each afternoon of the Corn and Apple weekend. The walk allows visitors to join in with local artists or just observe as they stroll through the Confederation Park, Kinsmen Suncatch and the upstairs of the art gallery on 8th Street.
- For lunch, festival goers will have a plethora of options from the light lunch at the Morden Friendship Centre or the Elk's Beef BBQ in Confederation Park.
- There is the signature free corn on the cob and apple cider on Stephen and Nelson Street. And for dessert, head to Strawberry Haven at St. Thomas Anglican Church.
- For those looking to take some produce home, the farmer's market will provide an abundance of home grown food at 7th and Stephen Street.
- For families, the kids can expend some excess energy at the children's tent at 131 8th Street with Paula's face painting, Frog's Hollow Petting Zoo and Captain Bubbles. And a highlight will be Fred Penner, while kids can also watch for Stephen Street entertainer Squire Lawrie.
- If you have your four-legged friends tagging along, there is the Paws and Rest Awhile pet station between 9th and 10th St.
- A free baby change and first aid station is ready to help at the N.W. corner of 8th and Stephen St.
- Had enough walking? Look for the free shuttle bus service throughout the day to help get you around town.
And there is so much more - for a detailed schedule, you can visit www.cornandapple.com or pick up a free Corn and Apple brochure at the Corn and Apple Festival office on the corner of Nelson and Stephen St.