September 23, 2013
Cincy celebrates Corn Fest
Hay rides, corn chowder, music among festival’s highlights
CINCINNATUS — People flocked to the Cincinnatus Corn Festival on Saturday, despite overcast skies and an Autumn wind.
The annual festival, sponsored by the Cincinnatus Fire Department and held in and around the Cincinnatus Central School building, is something that Willet resident Karen Brenchley enjoys with her family almost every year.
“We come so the kids can play,” said Brenchley, referring to her daughter Caylee, 7, and sons Braxcen, 4, and Zander, 1.
Her oldest two were busy enjoying an elaborate bounce house setup that included two full-sized slides, a giant crab and an inflated blow-up train and train station, while Brenchley parked Zander in his wagon in front of a gray and brownish-black Alpaca from Alpacas in the Glen, a Cincinnatus farm.
“The kids love to come look at the animals, listen to the music, bounce in the bounce house,” she said. “And, of course, the corn chowder.”
The chowder had a large following, as about 35 people waited in line before 11 a.m. outside the school’s cafeteria to purchase the corn, potato chunks and bacon in a cream base.
“It’s normal to wait in line, so you want to get here early,” said Ann Reagan, who stood in the fast-moving line with her granddaughter, Jessy Gardner, 9. “But the corn chowder is a huge hit.”
Reagan said she planned to buy enough for supper, as others walked out of the cafeteria with quarts of chowder in their hands.
It was Gardner’s first time at the festival.
“It’s awesome,” she said, sporting a painted face.
“She’s looking forward to the hay ride,” Reagan said.
Cincinnatus’ Presbyterian Church Women, along with some honorary male members, expected to serve about 300 people Saturday, and had prepared 90 gallons of chowder, said Donna Law, a member.
The group gets together twice to freeze corn, and does all the other prep work the morning before the festival, Law said.
In the school gymnasium, the Cortland Art League displayed paintings, and maple syrup was offered, alongside pies, hair ties, wood carvings and crocheted baby blankets, jackets and booties.
A quilt show and farmers market was also held at Cortland Chenango Rural Services center on Lower Cincinnatus Road, and corn fritters, hamburgers and hot dogs were offered outside the school as the Cortland Old Timers Band played to a crowd of happy eaters.
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