Future of Corn Festival up in the air

Corn-themed floats roll up Lacasse Blvd in the Tecumseh Corn Festival Parade, August 26, 2017. (Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News)

The future of the Tecumseh Corn Festival is up in the air for 2023 with municipal staff stepping away from planning and hosting.

The festival has not been held since August 2019. It was canceled due to COVID-19 for two years. In 2022, the town held a 100th anniversary festival in lieu of the Corn Festival.

“During COVID, with not running the festival our staff have certainly increased our production of events and programs and now the time it takes to prepare for the Corn Festival, we just don’t have the staff bandwidth to be able to do that,” said Paul Anthony, director of community and recreation services with the Town of Tecumseh.

Town administration is holding discussions with the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach to take over leadership of the festival.

Anthony said the festival was community-run when it was first launched in 1975 and the town only took it over in 2008 when a committee could not be formed.

“It has been our goal to give it back to the community which is actually what is going to happen and it will be a reinvented event,” said Anthony. “It may not have all the amenities that past Corn Festivals have had but it certainly will have the Corn Festival look to it.”

The Recreation department has a number of events planned for 2023 including Christmas in Tecumseh, Victoria Day Fireworks, and Canada Day. All of the events are subject to approval during budget deliberations next year.