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Morden Corn and Apple Festival, Manitoba

by • August 31, 2016 • #ExploreMB, Lively GatheringsComments (0)5224

50 reasons why the Morden Corn & Apple Festival is a must!

In honour of the Morden Corn & Apple Festival‘s 50th anniversary in 2016, here’s our list of 50 reasons why I took my family to this year’s festival and why you need to take yours next year.

1. There’s corn

Corn Cob, Morden Corn & Apple Festival Manitoba

If the fields lining the highways into town are any indication, the corn is 100% fresh and local.

2. And it’s free!

Whoot! Whoot!

3. Or you can buy it for 50 cents a cob

Making corn at Morden Corn & Apple Festival, Manitoba

The line for the free corn can be intense, so you can opt for the shorter line and support the festival with a 50 cent cob of deliciousness. The free corn line will be shorter later in the afternoon, but don’t wait too long, or it will all be gone!

4. You can also buy some corn to take home with you

Corn from Morden Corn & Apple Festival, Manitoba

Opt for a dozen for $7.50 or a giant bag for $25.

5. And you will have an amazing dinner the next day

Corn from Morden Corn & Apple Festival, Manitoba

Yessss!

6. There’s also free apple juice!

Free apple juice at Morden Corn & Apple Festival, Manitoba

7. Or try the local apple cider

For just $1.00 a cup.

8. And take home a gallon jug

Apple cider from Morden Corn & Apple Festival, Manitoba

This super flavourful cider is $12 and it comes in a cool glass jug.

9. The festival is free!

There is no admission to the festival, which offers three jam-packed days of family fun.

10. That includes a midway, Farmer’s Market, vendors, children’s tent and stages

Midway at Morden Corn & Apple Festival, Manitoba

That’s a lot to do.

11. The music and performances on the three free stages are varied

The Cottonwood Old Tyme Stage is where to get your polka on, the Youth Stage is where to get your laughs on, and the Main Stage is where to get your rock and country on, with big name headliners on Friday and Saturday nights.

12. Don’t forget the dancing!

The wooden dance floor at the Cottonwood Stage is the place to be for waltzing, fox trotting, and two stepping.

13. The midway is massive

Midway at Morden Corn & Apple Festival, Manitoba

14. There are games and rides for kids of all ages

Midway at Morden Corn & Apple Festival, Manitoba

15. And you can admire the view down Stephen Street from the top of the Ferris wheel

16. The festival is easy to navigate on foot

Eight blocks of Stephen Street in downtown Morden are closed to all traffic so it’s easy to walk from one end of the festival site to the other.

17. You can’t walk too far without seeing a Mini Donut stand

Score!

18. Because there are tons of food vendors

Choose from pizza, corn dogs, barbecue, or, if you’re like us, beef on a bun from the local Elks Lodge.

19. Also, kettle corn

Festival foods at Morden Corn & Apple Festival, Manitoba

Or as my kid calls it, peddle corn. Either way, it’s addicting.

20. Enter the pie eating contest!

Apple, of course.

21. Enjoy the pancake breakfast

Do pancakes go with corn? Why not!

22. Stop in for a light lunch

Get your energy for a weekend of fun.

23. The Children’s Tent is full of good times

24. Like face painting and a petting zoo

25. And exotic animals

Spiders anyone?

26. You might even get the chance to enjoy a quiet moment

Children's activities at Morden Corn & Apple Festival, Manitoba

Thanks to the colouring station offered by one of the vendors.

27. But then it’s back to more rides thanks to the kind strangers who give your their extra tickets

Midway at Morden Corn & Apple Festival, Manitoba

Thank you!

28. Speaking of kind, the volunteers are awesome!

Morden Corn & Apple Festival, Manitoba

It takes a huge effort to put this festival on and every volunteer we came across was super nice and helpful. Look for festival volunteers in bright yellow t-shirts.

29. You might also see this guy

Morden Corn & Apple Festival, ManitobaBest shirt of the festival, for sure.

30. Free shuttles

These constantly running school buses will pick you up and drop you off at key areas around the festival, and around town, including the large parking lot at the Access Event Centre, the beach, and the campground.

31. Yes, you can go to the beach

Lake Minnewasta - Discover MordenColert Beach is the perfect way to cool off on a hot afternoon.

32. You can also go golfing

Minnewasta Golf & Country Club - Discover Morden

The Minnewasta Golf Course is next to the beach.

33. And you can shop

The shops of Morden have their doors open.

34. Watch the parade

Parade at the Morden Corn & Apple Festival

It happens on Saturday morning!

35. Watch racing

The ALH Speedway offers special Corn & Apple dirt track racing during the festival.

36. Check out cars

Classic cars reign at Sunday’s show and shine.

37. Check out art

Local artists from the Pembina Hills Arts Council share their work and don’t forget Artist and Artisan Alley.

38. Check out more art

Art at the Morden Corn & Apple Festival, Manitoba

The Art Walk offers interactive demonstrations by skilled area artists. This year’s activities included a special group painting project in honour of the festival’s 50th anniversary.

39. Check out the Wind Warrior Challenge

Watch as trained wind turbine technicians and crane operators complete a series of judged challenges.

40. Take a free historical bus tour of Morden

Morden, Manitoba

Enjoy an hour-long tour in an air conditioned bus and learn about the town’s unique history. Including the reason why the creek running through town is called Dead Horse Creek (hint: it has something to do with a dead horse).

41. Free parking

There is tons of free parking at the Access Event Centre on the north end of town. The free shuttle makes this a convenient place to park.

42. And in case you haven’t done enough, the Access Event Centre has even more fun

43. There’s a kid’s play area

Where the kids can literally climb the walls!

44. The Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame

Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame - Discover Morden

45. And the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden, Manitoba

Now a Manitoba Signature Museum, the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre houses Canada’s largest collection of marine reptile fossils.

46. Including the Guinness World Record largest mosasaur on display — Bruce

Bruce the Mosasaur at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden, Manitoba

This 80 million-year-old fellow is 43 feet long!

47. Don’t forget his pal Suzy

Mosasaurs Bruce and Suzy at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden, Manitoba

They make quite a pair.

48. Go on a dig tour

This two-hour tour let you get your hands dirty with the chance to unearth an authentic fossil with the dedicated folks at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre.

49. Don’t miss the mosasaur photo op

Mosasaur in Morden, Manitoba

The new replica of Bruce is found at the town’s entrance on Hwy 3.

50. And finally, corn and apple cider

Morden Corn and Apple Festival, ManitobaSooooooo gooooooooood!

 

 

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