A little corny: Aumsville’s August pops with festivals, sales, performances

October, 2017 Posted in Community, Food And Drink

By Mary Owen

Eat corn and win cash!

“Come and enjoy the fun and help us use up 25 tons of local corn from Lewis Farms” is the tag line for the 49th annual Aumsville Corn Festival on Aug. 19 at Porter-Boone Park.

Winners at the corn-eating contest at Aumsville’s Corn Festival in three age groups will win prizes. Groups are: 8-11 and 12-15 with cash prizes of $10, $20 and $30 and a plaque for first place, and 16 and older with cash prizes of $20, $40 and $80 and a large plaque for first place.

The corn festival draws big crowds every year, and since it will be held on the weekend of the Great American Eclipse, even more people are expected this year, organizers agree.

The festival will kick off with the Aumsville Rural Fire Department Breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. followed by festivities starting at 11 a.m. in Porter-Boone Park. This year’s theme is “Total Eclipse of the Cob.”

“We will have a few new craft and food vendors this year and should have around 60 vendors,” said Sonny Newson, chair of the Corn Festival Committee. “This year we will also have the Cascade Cheerleaders performing at noon in Porter-Boone Park. They are led by Allie Greenwell.”

At 11 a.m., numerous garage sales will take place around town all day long, and this marks the time for bags of corn to go on sale for ten ears for $1 or 20 ears for $3.

“We are still looking for volunteers for corn-husking and bagging between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for whatever time they wish to spend, and for serving the hot corn from noon to 6 p.m. for a couple of hours,” he said.

Also starting at 11 a.m., the Corn Festival Parade winds through downtown. Pre-register or register at 8 a.m. on the day of the parade at the Bethel Baptist Church parking lot. Judging begins at 9:30 a.m. and prizes will be given to: Mayor’s Choice Winner, trophy; Judges’ Choice Winner, trophy; Best Youth Entry, trophy and $250; and Grand Theme Winner, trophy and $250. The parade is free to enter, and participants receive a ribbon. Volunteers are still needed for a variety of jobs and must attend an orientation training prior to Aug. 19.

“It’s still free to enter, and everyone receives a participation ribbon,” Newsom said. “

Parade sponsors are: Jim Reed Insurance, Pacific Power, Jerry Flowers and JMS Engineers.

Sponsored by the Marion Soils and Water Conservation District, free ears of hot-buttered corn-on-the-cob will be handed out, two ears per person at the park. A drawing will also be held with tickets for $1 each or six for $5. Riverview Community Bank is also donating a seven-day Honolulu Hawaiian trip (Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2018) for a prize drawing; cost is $5 a ticket or six for $25.

Family games with prizes start at 1 p.m. and end at 5:30 p.m., with different age groups for each event. They will be: treasure hunt, 1 p.m.; three-legged race, 2 p.m.; individual sack race, 2:45 p.m.; egg toss, 3:30 p.m.; corn-eating contest, 4:30 p.m., sponsored by Hillyer’s Stayton Ford; and keg toss, 5:15 p.m.

For the Corn Festival, admission is free, No dogs are allowed in the park during the festival.

For parade information, contact Colleen Rogers, 503-749-1049, colleen@aumsville.us. For festival information, contact Sonny Newson 503-313-2325.

Pre-festival highlights

Aug.  12 will be another busy day in Aumsville.

The Aumsville 2nd Saturday Market takes place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the city hall parking lot and community center. Vendor spaces are $15. The market is free to shoppers.

The Aumsville Community Theatre presents the Old Time Radio Show Treasure Island 11 a.m. to noon on in the community center. Admission is free.

Finally, the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers perform at 5 p.m.  on Aumsville’s new stage at Porter-Boone Park. Admission is free. The Mill Creek Pickers will also make a guest appearance.

For vendor information, contact Amy Evans at

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