NORWELL, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Corn chowder, cornbread, popcorn, corn muffins, and ears of corn were a few of the corntastic items on the menu at the 45th Corn Festival. The annual event kicked off on Saturday at the South Shore YMCA Natural Science Center in Norwell.
John Galluzzo with the South Shore YMCA described the event as "A family event that brings together folks from all over the region to jump on tractor rides, onto pony rides, spend a day outdoors in the fall kind of like a traditional New England Harvest Festival."
Besides the tasty corn treats, the event had music, crafts, fall outdoor activities, and an educational corn lab for families to enjoy. The two-day festival celebrated natural and cultural traditions during New England's fall harvest season.
Native American interpreters, 4H club demonstrations, and grange and tractor demonstrations brought an educational piece to the event, in addition to the corn STEM lab.
"We're a STEM education center and so we just decided to come up with all kinds of different ways to experiment with corn and so we're letting come in and see the results of all that and then to actually plant their own corn they can take home," John Galluzzo told WBZs' Chris Fama.
A boy named Connor told Fama his favorite parts of the event were the hayride and playing in the corn pit, while waiting in line for his turn. Other attendees spoke highly of the corn chowder, one woman calling it the best corn chowder she has ever had.
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