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Cincy celebrates staple at 21st annual Corn Harvest Festival

Cincinnatus High School senior Ciara Zeeuw enjoys corn chowder while relaxing on her family’s parade float Saturday at the Cinncinatus Corn Festival. The float of a sow with her piglets is made of propane tanks and items found around the farm.

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer

Cincinnatus High School senior Ciara Zeeuw enjoys corn chowder while relaxing on her family’s parade float Saturday at the Cinncinatus Corn Festival. The float of a sow with her piglets is made of propane tanks and items found around the farm.

CINCINNATUS — Just about every town in Cortland County has its own particular food festival.

There is a maple festival, pumpkin festival, potato festival and many more. On Saturday, Cincinnatus hosted for the 21st time its Corn Harvest Festival at the Cincinnatus Central School.

“This is what you do around here,” Susan Greener of Richford said about attending the various festivals. “It is something to fun to do on Saturday.”

Located in the parking lot of the school, there were various activities for kids, classic trucks and tractors for people to see, a couple of bands for people to listen to and plenty of food to eat.

“People love the corn chowder,” said Penni Eccleston, chairman of the Corn Harvest Festival.

This was her first year serving as the festival’s chairman, but said “everything has been going well.” As of Saturday afternoon, more than 100 people had attended the festival.

That number has lowered significantly over the years, according to Eccleston, but she said she had brought in some new attractions to keep add some variety and attract more people.

She got a hold of the Old Iron Farms family, of German, who brought a few antique tractors, two vintage trucks and set up for a buzz saw demonstration.

“I hope they (the farm) come back next year and then have another new attraction come in and grow the festival over time,” Eccleston said.

Rebecca Zeeuw, the owner of Old Iron Farm, said the festival is a fun relaxing time with her family. Her daughters drove the tractors, her husband drove one of the trucks and her father-in-law drove the other.

“Everyone is usually in different places, off doing different things. So, it is nice to have the family together,” said Ed Zeeuw, Rebecca Zeeuw’s father-in-law.

The family comes every year, Rebecca Zeeuw said, but this was the first year they brought all of the equipment to display. They have also seen the festival getting smaller every year, Ed Zeeuw said.

Being able to bring a new attractions to it is the family’s way of helping the community, he said.

Aside from what the family brought, Rebecca Zeeuw said she has seen growth this year. There were many Cincinnatus School District sports teams and other organizations with stands selling food. She said it was nice to see their involvement and hopefully it will also help the festival grow.

Benjamin Ayala and his wife, Victoria, from New Windsor, attended the festival for the first time Saturday. He said they have land in the area and happened to heard about it.

“It’s good,” Benjamin Ayala said. “The music is pretty good. The food is great. She (Victoria) likes the corn chowder.”

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