Thousands Expected At Wethersfield Cornfest Saturday

Special to The Courant

It's time to break out the butter and salt.

The chamber of commerce is sponsoring the 32nd annual Cornfest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event will take place on the Broad Street Green in Old Wethersfield. Cornfest is one of the town's biggest annual events, typically drawing a crowd of 5,000 to 7,000 people, chamber Executive Director Leslie Civitello said.

"I think it's a great opportunity to come and see friends and neighbors," Civitello said. "It's a big community event."

New this year will be a visit from the NASCAR 88 traveling display, Civitello said. Aspiring NASCAR divers will have the chance to see a race car up close and then try their hand at a racing simulator, she said.

"I'm really excited for the race car coming," Civitello said. "I think it'll be a nice draw for people who don't get excited over crafters. I think it will open it for a whole other portion of the population."

The event also will include a variety of acts on the main stage. The Sunrise Park Band is the featured act and will play from 3 to 5 p.m., Civitello said. Also performing will be various dance troupes and the Wethersfield High School marching band, she said.

Food will also be in abundance at the event, including, of course, corn, Civitello said. The chamber will be serving boiled corn with butter, the ears supplied by Anderson Farms of Wethersfield. Last year, the chamber sold five bushels of corn, Civitello said.

Various other food vendors will also be on hand, as well as crafters, Civitello said.

Another new addition to this year's event will be a baby and toddler comfort station offering changing tables and other amenities, Civitello said.

Admission will be $3 per person – $1 less than last year – with children 12 and under free, Civitello said. The NASCAR display and simulator are no extra charge.

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