Hoppin’ ‘n’ poppin’: There’ll be 25 tons of corn at Aumsville’s festival

August, 2016 Posted in Community

aumsvillefestBy Mary Owen

Coach Steve Turner is this year’s Grand Marshal for the 48th annual Aumsville Corn Festival parade, which leads off an entire day of festivities on Aug. 27 at Porter-Boone Park.

“The football team will march behind Turner and his wife, Mary,” said Sonny Newson, president of the Corn Festival Board. “He retired after the 2015 school year, and the 2015 4A State Championship.”

Turner’s career spans 40 years in teaching and coaching, primarily football, but he has also coached baseball and wrestling. He has four football state championships to his credit: Cascade High, assistant coach in 1980; North Medford High, 6A, in 1993; Mountain View High, 5A, in 2011; and this year’s win for Cascade. Turner is now looking at Europe at the professional level and still might go back to high school sports in the Eugene area.

“Cascade High School is a family and was a great place to be a member, a very special place,” Turner said. “That’s why I came back.”

The parade starts at 11 a.m. and winds around downtown Aumsville. First-place trophies and second- and third-place ribbons will be awarded in each of the nine categories. Special trophies will be awarded for the Grand Theme Winner Mayor’s Award, Judges’ Choice winner, and Novel/Most Humorous. Applications are available at the city or in the city newsletter. Registration can be done on the day of the parade between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. with judging to follow at 9:30 a.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church parking lot. There is no cost to enter. Porter-Boone Park also opens at 11 a.m. with festivities to follow at noon.

New this year at the Corn Festival are the Downtown Devils and the Old Time Fiddlers. The groups will play on the new stage being built in Porter-Boone Park this year from grant money that is part of the newly approved future parks improvement program, Newson said.

“Free Whiskey is our main band,” Newson said. “Last year they were cancelled due to bad weather. Cascade High School will have their 30-member band in the parade and perform for 30 minutes at the festival starting at noon.”

Cascade Strings, the Aumsville Community Theater’s Old-Time Radio Shows and Celebration Brass Oregon will also perform.

“Music’s Hoppin and Corn is Poppin” is this year’s theme, and while musicians play, visitors can enjoy hot-buttered corn on the cob.

“We are going to have 25 tons of corn delivered with prices staying at $1 for 10 ears and $3 for 20 ears in an environmental bag,” Newsome said. “We’re still giving away two free hot ears with butter per person.”

Also at the Corn Festival will be the second annual Skate Board Competition, family games with a treasure hunt, and a variety of food, crafts and community service vendors.

A drawing will be held each hour, with many prizes including a seven-day Hawaiian trip provided by Riverview Community Bank. Tickets are available at the bank as well as Aumsville City Hall, and Neufeldt’s Restaurant.

Karissa Champagne is the returning princess for her third year on the 2016 Corn Festival Court. Joining her on the Court are Lauren Gerbitz and Elaina Gerbitz. These three young ladies will serve the Aumsville community throughout the year, representing the festival, city and community until next June.

This year’s sponsors are Riverview Community Bank; Marion Soil and Water Conservation District; Hillyer’s Stayton Ford; Jim Reed and Associates Insurance; Pacific Power; Gerry Flowers; The Squeeze Inn; and JMS Engineers.

“We are still looking for new vendors,” Newsome said. “Visit the Aumsville city web page for applications for that and the parade.”

A full schedule of events is also posted on the website: www.aumsville.us/corn-festival-information.html.

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