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Saturday August 23rd, 2014

Posted at 5:45pm

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More than 20 tonnes of corn will be served up this weekend at the 39th annual Tecumseh Corn Festival.

The Optimist Club at St. Clair Beach will be serving the corn, donated by Bonduelle in Tecumseh, to thousands.  Joe Bachetti, festival entertainment coordinator on the executive committee for the Tecumse Corn Festival, said he has been impressed by the support from the plant, even after the recent unfortunate events. Bachetti said the committee prides themselves on the generous volunteers and sponsorship in the community.

“We’re very happy with the stewardship, with the corporate stewardship that [Bonduelle] has shown to this community,” said Bachetti. “But not only to the community but also it’s employees, by keeping the operations open, getting back in to production and still making this festival work within a short time frame.”

Last night, Bachetti said the fair grounds were packed with fans of Down with Webster and he hopes tonight will be the same. Local talent musicians Drop Dead Famous and Big Sexy Band will be on stage tonight opening up for Suzie McNeil.

If entertainment isn’t a point of interest, fair goers can enjoy vendor tents, food and a midway put on my Carter Shows – the corn festival isn’t just about corn. According to Bachetti it’s a family oriented festival with something for anyone ages two through 99.

“There’s a lot of things to do from noon until midnight,” said Bachetti. “We always look forward to seeing our friends and colleagues, the kids look forward to seeing each other before they go back to school … this festival here is like a tune-up a week before they go back to school and they’re all excited to see each other, and they go on the rides and they just have a fun time with all the corn eating contests and it’s kind of a kick-off back to the school year.”

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