CornFest makes its return

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - Cornwall lived up to its namesake August 15-17.

Corn & family - Doug Bergeron and his daughter Danica, 5, enjoy what CornFest is all about.

Mocktails owner Paul St-Onge re-planted the seed. Mother Nature supplied scattered showers of rain. And a few thousand people helped it grow.

CornFest is now officially on the city’s expanding list of festivals, joining Lift-Off, WaterFest, and Rib Fest.

St-Onge, event organizer, said approximately 1,000 people attended on Saturday, August 16.

For Long Sault resident Angele Desjardins, the resurrection of CornFest was a family affair filled with nostalgia.

Her son Patrice, 12, played violin at the festival’s talent show in support of the OSPCA of SDG.

“When I signed up to play and realized I was going to perform at the bandshell it was so exciting,” said Patrice.

The young musician practiced non-stop to ensure his medley of modern and classic tunes resonated with his biggest audience yet.

Meanwhile, Desjardins’ daughter Krystelle, 3, explored a tow truck with her grandmother Denise.

Jeff Cameron, owner/operator of Cam-Tow Towing, was glad to show off his recovery trucks, otherwise known as wreckers, to dozens of families.

“It’s important for kids to see what our tow trucks are all about,” said Cameron.

His daughter Chelsea, Cam-Tow receptionist, took Krystelle inside the tow truck for a closer look at the family business.

This interaction was all part of St-Onge’s corny plan. Families having complete access to a fleet of municipal service vehicles like fire trucks, ambulances, buses, and police cruisers, as well as a 240-foot crane and tow trucks.

“As a taxpayer you often don’t know what equipment we have to run a city,” he said.

Cameron and Desjardins agreed that despite Mother Nature’s lukewarm reception of the festival, having it back after 15 years was enough to celebrate.

For the last few hours of CornFest, a heavy dose of bright, inviting sunrays conveniently appeared.

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