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North Ridgeville Corn Festival this weekend

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    Patrons stroll around the annual Corn Festival in North Ridgeville on Friday.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE FILE

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The Corn Festival parade is back.

After popular demand, committee members decided to reroute the parade so that they could bring it back for this weekend’s North Ridgeville Corn Festival on Bainbridge Road between state Route 83 and Root Road.

Last year’s parade was canceled because of construction on Center Ridge Road, and since the roadwork is ongoing, this year it has been rerouted to the high school.

The Corn Festival will kick off 6 p.m. Friday; opening ceremonies are at 7 p.m. and there will be fireworks about 10:30 p.m. The festival will run through 6 p.m. Sunday.

John Butkowski, president of the festival, said the route will begin at the high school, run down Ranger Way to Bainbridge to Willow, which connects to Pitts, and then end at the high school driveway.

Shuttle services will be available from the high school, where there’s plenty of parking available, he said.

A new feature this year will be Mexican street corn, which is coated with mayonnaise, sour cream, cotija cheese, chili powder and lime, at the Amish sweet corn booth. Butkowski said people have requested the specialty for the last two years.

There will be some new vendors this year and bounce houses for children. There were no adult rides last year because of rain, but Butkowski said both kid and adult rides will be available this year.

Butkowski said the draw of the festival is that it’s free entertainment and family-friendly.

There will be a fishing corn derby Saturday morning.

Free parking will be exclusively at the North Ridgeville school campus.

Also this weekend, the Lions Club of North Ridgeville is sponsoring the 40th annual 10K run and the 26th annual 5K run and 1-mile fun run 9 a.m. Saturday at North Ridgeville High School, 34600 Bainbridge Road. All proceeds will benefit the activities supported by the Lions Club, including college scholarships, special needs camp scholarships, eye and hearing care assistance, educational program assistance and financial support for area service programs. Register at tinyurl.com/y2vfe4f8 or contact the Lions Club directly at lionsclubofnr@gmail.com for more information.

Contact Laina Yost at 329-7121 or lyost@chroniclet.com.
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