NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Bainbridge Road was a bustling street on Saturday, as Lorain County residents turned out for the 45th annual Corn Festival.
Vendors, booths, ride attractions and plenty of corn lined the road.
For the first time, the Amish Sweet Corn booth, run by festival committee members, served Mexican street corn.
Young children and adults took part in corn-eating contests, seeing who could eat the most ears of corn for a trophy and a gift.
It will be a busy election year in North Ridgeville, with city council seats up for re-election and a mayoral race, and candidates were making their pitches.
The Republican tent housed Council President Kevin Corcoran, who is running for mayor, and several other council members.
Paul Wolanski, Democratic candidate for mayor, and Paul St. Marie, candidate for Elyria Municipal judge, were in the Democratic tent.
North Ridgeville Citizens for Better Schools talked to members of the community about the bond issue they plan to put on the November ballot to build several new schools.
Corn Festival Committee President John Butkowski said the turnout at the festival was great over the past two days.
He said the fireworks were a big draw on Friday's kickoff, and that Saturday saw a steady flow of people.
Butkowski anticipates a good crowd today as well, due to the parade returning on its new route. Last year's parade was canceled due to construction on Center Ridge Road that is still ongoing.
The parade will begin at the high school, go down Bainbridge and Willow, which will run into Pitts and head back to the high school.
Another factor that drew in festival-goers was the weather. Both Friday and Saturday were bright and sunny, and there were plenty of shaded spots for resting.
The events on Saturday also included a fishing with corn derby, car show, horseshoe tournament and entertainment.
The festival will open noon today, and the parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. Parking is at the North Ridgeville Academic Center, 34620 Bainbridge Road, and shuttle buses will run to the senior center.
Contact Laina Yost at 329-7121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.