Church of St. George celebrates 46th Corn Days

Photos by Sean Miner

Beautiful weather both days of the festival spurred excellent turnout, fitting for the church’s centennial celebration. Members of Alma Folklorica pay homage to their Hispanic roots. Residents line the street, waiting for the parade to begin on its updated route. Bob and Kathryn Dumas, owners of Dumas Apple Orchard, were chosen by the Long Lake Area Chamber of Commerce as Grand Marshals for the parade. A young celebrant participates in the Corn Days parade from a Long Lake Fire Department vehicle. Festival-goers line up for the event’s namesake, offered this year with a Mexican variant. St. George parishioners reenact the story of their patron saint for the church’s centennial, silly string included.
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Bob and Kathryn Dumas, owners of Dumas Apple Orchard, were chosen by the Long Lake Area Chamber of Commerce as Grand Marshals for the parade.

By Sean Miner
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This year marked the 46th year of the Church of St. George’s annual Corn Days festival, but the event helped celebrate a more notable marker. Throughout the year, the church has been celebrating its centennial, and this year’s Corn Days, held Aug. 13 and 14, was a rousing success to that end.

“It went really well,” said Meghan Flannery, Church of St. George parishioner and publicity chair for Corn Days. “Sunday was very busy. It was nice to see such a great attendance and such a large crowd checking out all of our events and listening to our acts.”

After a bit of rain dampened the final day of last year’s event, organizers were relieved when the rain was contained to the day before the festival this year.

“It rained Friday, while we were shucking the corn,” said Flannery. “We were just glad to get really nice weather for both Saturday and Sunday.”

The festivities kicked off Saturday afternoon, with a huge variety of kids games and activities. Mass was held at 4 p.m., followed by a fiesta dinner, hosted by the church’s Latino community. Stampede and Absolute Gruv provided music for the evening.

“Our Latino community again contributed to our celebration — not only did they have their fiesta dinner on Saturday, they also offered Mexican corn at a new booth,” said Flannery. “It was basically special toppings for our corn — traditional corn with a Latino twist.”

Sunday started off with a pancake breakfast and 5K run, sponsored by Gear West. A 9:15 a.m. mass, Candy Corn Fun Run and food booths kept everyone occupied until the parade, which took off at noon. The afternoon and evening rounded out with a wide variety of activities for both kids and adults, and music by Welcome Drive and Babble On.

The parade, a focal point of the festival as usual, featured a float commemorating the church’s centennial. The float depicted the story of the church’s patron saint, complete with castle, damsel in distress and, of course, a dragon.

“Roger Kevlak was the dragon,” Flannery said. “He was a big hit.”

Due to construction on Watertown Road, the parade route was adjusted in the last week leading up to the festival. Flannery said that this last-minute adjustment went off without a hitch.

“We want to thank the Chamber of Commerce, as well as the police department, for working and setting up the parade with the new parade route,” said Flannery. “It seemed to really work well. There was a big turnout on the upper half of Watertown Road; it usually never goes there.”

Others besides the chamber and police earned Flannery’s gratitude for helping with the event. She extended thanks to everyone from the event’s many sponsors to volunteers to everyone who attended each day.

With several months left in the church’s 100th year, Flannery highlighted the congregation’s actual centennial celebration, slated for Sunday, Oct. 9. The church will be holding a Mass of Thanksgiving and Liturgy of Welcome with Archbishop Bernard Hebda.

“Archbishop Hebda will be consecrating the parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and he will be blessing our new confessional,” said Flannery.

That mass begins at 9:15 a.m., following a special processional at 9. At 7 p.m., Bishop Andrew Cozzens will deliver a special address to the parish as well.

Adding to the occasion, the Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace will be bringing the International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to the parish for a day of prayer and
consecration.

For more information on the centennial mass, visit www.stgeorgelonglake.com.